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Tidinges, tidinges that be true

Language: English

  Tidinges, tidinges that be true,
  Sorowe is paste and joye dothe renue.

[Qwereas]2 Adam caused be sinne
Oure nature thus to be mortall,
A maiden sone dothe nowe begin
For to repaire us from that fall.
And that is true;
The name of him is Criste Jesu.


Sume of oure kinde hathe hadd [such]3 grase
That sin his birthe they did him se
Bothe sonne and mother fase to fase
In the chefe cite calde Jure.
And that is true;
Bothe kinges and schepardes they it knue.


The prophettes thereof ware nothing dismaide,
Of that tidinges before that they hadde tolde;
For nowe it is full righte as they saide,
A clene maide hathe borne a king [in folde]1.
And that is true;
For he is borne to ware the purpull hue.

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Confirmed with E. K. Chambers and F. Sedgwick, Early English Lyrics, London: 1921, page 133.

1 editors' suggestion to complete a defective line.
2 Edmunds: "Oh where as"
3 Edmunds: "such-é"

Submitted by Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]


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