Out of your sleep

Richard Rodney Bennett

Out of your sleep arise and wake,
For God mankind now hath y-take,
All of a maid without any make;
Of all women she beareth the bell.

And through a maidé faire and wise,
Now man is made of full great price;
Now angels knelen to man's service,
And at this time all this befell.

Now man is brighter than the sun;
Now mwn in heav'n on high shall won;
Blessèd be God this game is begun
And his mother the Empress of hell.
That ever was thrall, now is he free;
Now ever was small, now great is she;
Now shall God deem both thee and me
Unto his bliss if we do well.

Now man he may to heaven wend;
Now heav'n and earth to him they bend.
He that was foe now is our friend.
This is no nay that I you tell.

Now blessèd Brother, grant us grace
At dommèsday to see thy face,
And at thy court to have a place,
That we may there sing Thee nowell.

Words: 15th century