The angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.@Luke 1:26–27

Tra­di­tion­al ca­rol from Sus­sex, Eng­land. Sung by Mum­mers, called in Sus­sex Tip­teer­ers, af­ter their play of St. George, the Turk and the Se­ven Cham­pi­ons of Chris­ten­dom. Words put in­to shape from two ve­ry il­li­ter­ate ver­sions writ­ten down from me­mo­ry by two of the ac­tors.

Ar­ranged by H. F. Birch Rey­nard­son in Sus­sex Songs (Po­pu­lar Songs of Sus­sex) (Lon­don: Stan­ley Lu­cas, We­ber & Com­pa­ny, 1890), num­ber 1 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Ecce Ancilla Domini!
Dante G. Rossetti, 1850

A glorious angel from Heaven came
Unto the virgin maid;
Strange news and tidings of great joy
The humble Mary had,
The humble Mary had.

Each mortal man remembers well,
When Christ came down from Heav’n,
’Twas for our sins and wicked ways
His precious blood was giv’n,
His precious blood was giv’n.

Each mortal man remembers well,
When Christ was put to scorn;
He was taken to the judgment seat
And crownèd with the thorn,
And crownèd with the thorn.

Each mortal man remembers well,
When Christ our Savior died,
He was crucified upon the tree,
With thieves on either side,
With thieves on either side.

Each mortal man remembers well,
How Christ died on the rood,
’Twas for our sins and wicked ways,
Christ shed His precious blood,
Christ shed His precious blood.

Each mortal man remembers well,
When Christ was wrapped in clay,
He was taken to a sepulcher
Where never man did lay,
Where never man did lay.

God bless your house, your children, too,
Your cattle and your store;
The Lord increase you day by day,
And give you more and more,
And give you more and more.