as recorder quartet for DDTT and SSDA/ATTB
|Lyrics:||William Morris (1834-1896)|
|Origin:||French / English|
Masters in this hall, hear ye news today
Brought from oversea; and ever I you pray:
Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! Nowell sing we clear!
Holpen are all folk on Earth; born is God's own Son so dear.
Nowell! Nowell! Nowell! Nowell sing we loud!
God today hath poor folk rais-ed and hath cast a-down the proud.
Going o'er the hills, through the milk-white snow,
Heard I ewes bleat while the wind did blow:
Shepherds, many a one, sat among the sheep,
No man spake more word than they had been asleep.
Quoth I: "fellows mine, why this guise sit ye;
Making but dull cheer, shepherds though ye be?"
"Shepherds should, of right, leap and dance and sing;
Thus to see ye sit is a right strange thing."
Quoth these fellows then: "to Bethlehem town we go,
To see a mighty lord lie in a manger low."
"How name ye this lord, shepherds?" then said I.
"Very God," they said, "come from heaven high."
Then to Bethlem town we went two and two;
And, in a sorry place, heard the oxen low.
Therein did we see a sweet and goodly maid
And a fair old man; upon the straw she laid.
And a little child on her arm had she;
"Wot ye who this is?" said the hinds to me.
Ox and ass him know, kneeling on their knee;
Wondrous joy had I this little babe to see.
This is Christ the Lord; masters, be ye glad!
Christmas is come in and no folk should be sad.
|Sol-Fa (6/8 in 8th notes, range T,-m'):|
| 2D 1S 2S 1F | 3m 3F | 2S 1F 2m 1R | 2m 1R 2D 1T,| | 2D 1S 2S 1F | 3m 2F 1F | 2S 1F 2m 1R | 6D | | 2m'1R'2D'1T | 3D'3S | 2m'1R'2D'1T | 3D' 2S 1t | 2l 1F 2S 1R | 2m 1D 2m 1F | 2S 1S 2T 1T | 6D'| | 2m'1R'2D'1T | 3D'3S | 2m'1R'2D'1T | 3D' 2S 1t | 2l 1F 2S 1R | 2m 1D 2m 1F | 2S 1S 2m 1R | 6D |