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OUT OF YOUR SLEEP ARISE AND WAKE, by                    
First Line: Out of your sleep arise and wake
Last Line: That we may there sing nowell. / nowell!
Subject(s): Christmas;redemption; "nativity, The;

Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell.

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

And through a maiden fair and wise
Now man is made of full great price;
Now angels kneelen to man's service;
And at this time all this befell.

Now man is brighter than the sun;
Now man in heaven on high shall wone;
Blessed be God, this game is begun,
And His mother empress of hell.

That ever was thrall, now is he free;
That ever was small, now great is she;
Now shall God deem both thee and me
Unto His bliss, if we do well.

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

Now blessed Brother, grant us grace,
At Doomësday to see Thy face,
And in Thy court to have a place,
That we may there sing nowell.

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