Deo Gratias!
Adam lay ybounden - David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Text Sloane mss. ca 15th cent.
Voicing Two-part mixed choir, kybd.
Lectionary usage Advent, Christmas
Price $2.00 (U.S.)
Length 1' 20" Released 5/17
Catalog no. 405-200
Difficulty Mod. easy

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Anthem text
Adam lay ybounden,
bounden in a bond;
four thousand winter
thought he not too long .
And all was for an apple,
an apple he took,
as clerkés finden
written in their book.
Ne had the apple taken been,
ne had never our Lady a been
heavené queen.
Blessed be the time
that apple taken was.
Therefore we moun singen
Deo gratias! Deo gratias!

--Sloane mss., ca. 15th cent.

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This energetic setting of the familiar 15th century text (often used to follow the first reading in a traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols) is largely in two mixed vocal parts, with only occasional divisi into 4-parts. The accompaniment is suitable for any keyboard instrument.


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