Nowel: Owt of your slepe aryse By: Anonymous

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Singable Translation PDF By: Carol Anne Perry Lagemann (CC BY SA 4.0)

Info

Number of Voices: 3
Voicings: SSS , SSA , SAA , AAA , TTT , TTB , TBB , BBB
Date: 15th century
Language: English
Tags: holiday Selden Manuscript English carol religious Mary translation

Lyrics

Lyrics Direct Translation Poetic Translation
Nowel, nowel! Noel, noel! Noel, noel!
Owt of your slepe aryse and wake, Out of your sleep arise and wake, Out of your sleep arise and wake,
For God mankynd nowe hath ytake, For God has now taken on human flesh, For God the form of man will take
Al of a maide without eny make; Of a maiden without any mate; All of a maid who no sin could make;
Of al women she bereth the belle. Of all women, she bears the bell. [i.e., she is the leader] Of all women she bears the bell.
Nowel! Noel! Noel!
And throwe a maide faire and wys And through a maiden fair and wise And through a maiden fair and wise
Now man is made of ful grete pris; Now man is made of great worth; Now man is given such a prize;
Now angelys knelen to mannys servys, Now angels kneel in service to man, Now angels will kneel and be man's allies,
And at this tyme al this byfel. And at this time all this befell. And at this time all this befell.
Nowel! Noel! Noel!
Now man is bryghter than the sonne; Now man is brighter than the sun; Now man is brighter than the sun;
Now man in heven an hye shal wone; Now man shall live in Heaven on high; Now man both Heaven and Earth has won;
Blessyd be God this game is begonne, Blessed be God that this game has begun, Blessed be God, who this game has begun,
And his moder emperesse of helle. And His mother, Empress over Hell. And His Mother, Empress of Hell.
Nowel! Noel! Noel!
That ever was thralle, now ys he fre; Whoever was a thrall, now he is free; Whoever was slave, now is he free;
That ever was smalle, now grete is she; Whoever was small, now she is great; Whoever was small, now great is she;
Now shal God deme both the and me Now shall God consider both you and me Now shall God bring both you and me
Unto his blysse yf we do wel. Worthy of His bliss if we do what is good. Into His bliss if we do well.
Nowel! Noel! Noel!
Now man may to heven wende; Now man may go to Heaven; Now mankind may to Heaven wend;
Now heven and erthe to hym they bende; Now Heaven and earth bend to him; Now Heaven and Earth to him they bend;
He that was foo now is oure frende; He who was our foe is now our friend; He that was foe now is our friend;
This is no nay that Y yowe telle. What I tell you is undeniable. This is no lie that I you tell.
Nowel! Noel! Noel!
Now, blessyd brother, graunte us grace Now, blessed Brother, grant us grace, Now Blessed Brother, grant us grace
A domesday to se thy face To see your face at Domesday At Domesday to see Your face,
And in thy courte to have a place, And to have a place in your court, And in Your court to have a place,
That we mow there synge, "Nowel". That we may sing there, "Noel". That we may there sing out, "Noel."
Nowel! Noel! Noel!
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