Hayl Mary, ful of grace

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    This disc comes in an attractive 4-panel wallet-style format, with a CD sleeves. There is no plastic tray, which makes for a greener (and more lightweight) package. The CD allows listeners to share the beauty, excitement, intensity and variety found in a Blue Heron concert performance. It includes plainchant, carols, and other music for Advent and Christmas from 15th-century England. It is comprised entirely of tracks recorded live at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational in December 2013.

    The package includes a booklet with notes by Music Director Scott Metcalfe.

    Including unlimited streaming of Christmas in Medieval England via the free bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Christmas in Medieval England via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Hayl, Mary, ful of grace,
moder in virgynyte.

The Holi Goste is to the sent (the = thee)
from the Fader omnipotent;
now is God withyn the went
Whan the angel seide “Ave.”

Whan the angel “Ave” byganne,
flesh and blode togedre ranne;
Mary bare bothe God and manne
throw vertu and throw dyngnyte. (throw = through)

So seith the Gospel of Syn Johan: (Syn Johan = Saint John)
God and man is made but one
in flesch and blode, body and bone,
O God in personys thre.

Moche joye to us was graunt
and in erthe pees yplaunte (And peace planted on earth)
whan that born was this faunte (faunte = infant)
in the londe of Galile.

Mary, graunte us the blys
ther thy Sonys wonynge ys; (wonynge = dwelling)
of that we han ydone amys (for what we have done wrong)
pray for us, pur charite. (pur charite = “pour charité,” out of love)


from Christmas in Medieval England, released October 9, 2015
Trinity roll (early 15th century)

Martin Near Gerrod Pagenkopf / Owen McIntosh Jason McStoots / Michael Barrett Mark Sprinkle

Scott Metcalfe



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