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[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: Deo gratias!
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1 Britten: "Deo gracias! Deo gracias!/ Adam lay ybounden"
2 Ireland: "the"
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author ( 15th century )  [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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]
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- 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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Adam lag gebunden, gebunden in der Sünd’, vier tausend Winter ihm nicht zu lange sind; All dies für einen Apfel, den Apfel, den er brach, wie in den Schriften ist zu lesen nach. Wär er nicht gebrochen worden, von ihm gebrochen worden, dann wär’ Unsere Liebe Frau nie Himmelskönigin geworden. Gesegnet sei die Zeit, da er ihn brach und aß. Darob wir können singen: Deo gratias!
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This text was added to the website: 2015-01-09
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