Song for Our Lady’s Birthday

immac-concepAdam lay ybounden
Bounden in a bond;
Foure thousand winter,
Thought he not too long.

And all was for an apple,
An apple that he took,
As clerkes finden
Written in here book.

Never had the apple,
The apple taken been,
Ne hadde never our lady,
A been Hevene Queen.

Blessed be the time
That apple taken was,
Therefore we moun singen
Deo gratias!

(middle English carol)

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