Nowel: Owt of your slepe aryse

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    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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Nowel, nowel nowel!
Owt of your slepe aryse and wake,
For God mankynd nowe hath ytake, (For God has now taken on humankind)
Al of a maide without eny make; (eny make = any mate)
Of al women she bereth the belle. (bereth the belle = is the most excellent)

And thorwe a maide fair and wys (thorwe = through)
Now man is made of ful grete pris; (pris = worth)
Now angelys knelen to mannys servys,
And at this tyme al this byfel. (this time = e.g. Christmastime)

Now man is bryghter than the sonne,
Now man in heven an hye shal wone; (Now man in heaven on high shall dwell)
Blessyd be God this game is begonne, (game = action, sequence of events)
And his moder emperesse of helle.

That ever was thralle, now ys he fre; (He who was in thrall forever is now free)
That ever was smalle, now grete is she;
Now shal God deme bothe the and me (deme = judge)
Unto hys blysse, yf we do wel. (do wel = act righteously)

Now, blessyd brother, graunte us grace (blessed brother = i.e. Christ)
A domesday to se thy face (A domesday = at Judgment Day)
And in thy courte to have a place,
That we mow there synge Nowel! (mow = may)


from Christmas in Medieval England, released October 9, 2015



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