Adam lay ybounden
[Adam lay ybounden]1,
Bounden in a bond,
Four thousand winter
Thought he not too long;
And all was for an apple,
An apple that he took,
As clerkës finden
Written in their book.
Né had [one]2 apple taken been,
The apple taken been,
Né had never Our Lady
A been Heaven's Queen.
Blessèd be the time
That apple takèn was.
Therefore we moun singen:
Translation(s): FRE GER
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1 Britten: "Deo gracias! Deo gracias!/ Adam lay ybounden"
2 Ireland: "the"
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Henk Badings (1907 - 1987), "Adam lay ybounden", from Drie geestelijke liederen, no. 3 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Deo gracias", op. 28 no. 10 (1942) [treble chorus, solo voices, and harp], from A Ceremony of Carols, no. 10 [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by John (Nicholson) Ireland (1879 - 1962), "Adam lay ybounden", 1956 [SATB chorus a cappella] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Peter Warlock (1894 - 1930), "Adam lay ybounden", 1922, published 1923 [ sung text checked 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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