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Remember O Thou Man

[Thomas Ravenscroft, 1611]

Remember O Thou Man is from Thomas Ravenscroft's Melismata (1611). William Sandys included it in his Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern (London: Richard Beckley, 1833).

Jon Boden sang Remember O Thou Man as the December 15, 2010 entry of his project A Folk Song a Day.

Lyrics

Remember, O thou man,
O thou man, O thou man,
Remember O thou man,
    Thy time is spent.
Remember, O thou man,
How thou cams't to me then,
And I did what I can,
    Therefore repent.

Remember Adam's fall,
O thou man, O thou man!
Remember Adam's fall
    From heaven to hell!
Remember Adam's fall,
How we were condemned all
To hell perpetual,
    There for to dwell.

Remember God's goodness,
O thou man, O thou man!
Remember God's goodness,
    And promise made!
Remember God's goodness,
How His only Son He sent
Our sins for to redress,
    Be not afraid.

The angels all did sing,
O thou man, O thou man!
The angels all did sing,
    On Sion hill
The angels all did sing,
Praises to our glorious King,
And peace to man living,
    With a good will!'

The Shepherds amazed was,
O thou man, O thou man!
The Shepherds amazed was,
    To hear the angels sing.
The Shepherds amazed was
How it should come to pass
That Christ our Messias
    Should be our King!

To Bethlehem did they go,
O thou man, O thou man!
The shepherds three;
    O thou man, O thou man!
To Bethlehem did they go,
To see whether it were so,
Whether Christ were borne or no
    To set man free.

As the Angels before did say,
O thou man, O thou man!
As the Angels before did say,
    So it came to pass;
As the Angels before did say,
They found him wrapt in hay
In a manger, where he lay
    So poor he was.

In Bethlehem he was born,
O thou man, O thou man!
In Bethlehem he was born,
    For mankind's sake;
In Bethlehem he was born,
For us that were forlorn,
And therefore took no scorn
    Our sins to bear.

In a manger laid he was,
O thou man, O thou man,
In a manger laid he was
    At this time present.
In a manger laid he was,
Between an ox and an ass,
And all for our trespass,
    Therefore repent.

Give thanks to God always,
O thou man, O thou man!
Give thanks to God always,
    With heart most joyfully
Give thanks to God always,
Upon this blessed day,
Let all men sing and say:
    “Holy, holy!”

Acknowledgements

The lyrics are from The Hymns and Carols of Christmas.