Deo Gracias

A Ceremony of Carols
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)


Deo gracias! Deo gracias!
Adam lay ibounden,
bounden in a bond;
Four thousand winter
thought he not so long.
Deo gracias!
And all was for an appil,
an appil that he tok,
As clerkès finden
written in their book.
Deo gracias!
Ne had the appil také ben,
Ne haddè never our lady
A ben hevenè quene.
Blessèd be the time
That appil takè was.
Therefore we moun singen,
Deo gracias!

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