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Adam lay ybounden

Traditional English 15th Century

Adam lay ybounden,
Bounden in a bond;
Four thousand winter
Thought he not too long.

And all was for an apple,
An apple that he took,
As clerk√ęs finden written
In their book.

Nor had one apple taken been,
The apple taken been,
Then had never Our Lady
A-been heaven’s queen.

Blessed be the time
That apple taken was.
Therefore we may singen
Deo gratias!