Corpus Christi Carol (Patrick O'Shea)
- Editor: Patrick O'Shea (submitted 2008-12-01). Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 212 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
Title: Corpus Christi Carol
Composer: Patrick O'Shea
Language: Middle English
Instruments: SATB, optional S solo
First published: 2007
Description: Composed for the Choir of Balliol College Oxford, commissioned by the Balliol Music Society. Premiered in Oxford at Balliol College, November 2007.
Original text and translations
Lully, lulley, lully, lulley,
The faucon hath born my mak away.
He bare hym up, he bare hym down,
He bare hym into an orchard brown.
In that orchard ther was an hall,
That was hanged with purpill and pall.
And in that hall ther was a bede,
Hit was hangid with gold so rede.
And yn that bed ther lythe a knyght,
His wowndes bledyng day and nyght.
By that bedes side ther kneleth a may,
And she wepeth both nyght and day.
And by that bedes side ther stondith a ston,
"Corpus Christi" wretyn theron.
mak: mate, love
bare: bore, carried
purpill: purple (the royal color)
pall: a funeral pall, a cloth spread over a coffin
lythe: lyeth, lies
kneleth: kneeleth, kneels
may: maid, maiden
wepeth: weepeth, weeps
stondith: standith, stands
Corpus Christi: body of Christ (Latin)