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07 December 2015

Adam lay ybounden (Philip Ledger)











See also: Adam lay ybounden (Boris Ord)

Adam lay ybounden
Bounden in a bond;
Four thousand winter,
Thought he not too long.

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

Ne had the apple taken been
The apple taken been,
Ne had never our ladie,
Abeen heav'ne queen.

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

See also: Adam lay ybounden (Boris Ord)

Historical Background

Words: Sloane Manuscript 2593 (15th century)
Music: Philip Ledger (b. 1937)

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