25. December 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Christmas

Richard Smert (c.1400-c.1479), Nowell: Dieus wous garde (Dieu vous garde)
Performed by Flanders Recorder Quartet & Collegium Vocale Gent, conducted by Peter Dijkstra
From the Begijnhofkerk, Sint-Truiden (Flanders, Belgium)

Who ys there that singith so ‘Nowell’?

I am heer, Syr Cristesmass.

Wellcome, my lord, Syr Cristesmass,
wellcome to all, both more and lass;
come neer, nowell.

Dieus vous garde, byews sir; tydings y yow bryng.
Hath a mayd born a chyld full ying,
the weche us causeth for to syng nowell.

Crist is now yborn of a clene mayd;
in an oxstall he ys ylayd;
wherefor syng we, all at a brayd, nowell.

‘Beuvex bien partut’ a la company;
make good cheer and be right mery,
and syng with us now joyfully nowell.

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