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Britten, Benjamin

Deo Gracias – Adam lay ibounden

 
Deo gracias! Deo gracias!
Adam lay ibounden,
Bounden in a bond;
For thousand winter
Thought ho not too long.
 
Deo gracias! Deo gracias!
And all was for an appil,
An appil that he tok,
As clerkès finden
Written in their book.
 
Deo gracias! Deo gracias!
Ne had the appil takè ben,
The appil takè ben,
Ne haddè never our lady
A ben hevenè quene.
 
Blessed be the time
That appil takèwas.
Therfore we moun singen.
Deo gracias! Deo gracias!

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