Agincourt Carol

Album: various (1415)
Play Video
  • Deo gratias Anglia
    Redde pro victoria
    (Give thanks England
    To God for victory)

    Our king went forth to Normandy
    With grace and might of chivalry
    There God for him wrought marvellously
    Wherefore England may call and cry

    Deo gratias Anglia
    Redde pro victoria

    He set a siege for sooth to say
    To Harfleur town with royal array
    That town he won and made a fray
    That France shall rue till doomesday

    Deo gratias Anglia
    Redde pro victoria

    Then went him forth our king comely
    In Agincourt field he fought manly
    Through grace of God most marvelously
    He had the field and victory

    Deo gratias Anglia
    Redde pro victoria

    There many a Lord Earl and Baron
    Were slain and taken and that full soon
    And some were brought into London
    With joy and bliss and great renown

    Deo gratias Anglia
    Redde pro victoria

    Almighty God O keep our king
    His people and all those well willing
    And give them grace without ending;
    Then may we call and safely sing

    Deo gratias Anglia
    Redde pro victoria Lyrics from a song in Public Domain

Comments: 1

  • Dee from Sw MissouriLovely song, nice history - but it would have been written in Middle English, roughly similar to that of Chaucer, rather than Old English, which was spoken from roughly AD 400 to AD 900, give or take a century. Early Modern English is that of the 16th century, i.e. the King James Bible and Shakespeare. Old English sounds more like German to our modern ears than this carol, which is partly intelligible.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Ian Astbury of The Cult

Ian Astbury of The CultSongwriter Interviews

The Cult frontman tells who the "Fire Woman" is, and talks about performing with the new version of The Doors.

He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss): A History Of Abuse Pop

He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss): A History Of Abuse PopSong Writing

Songs that seem to glorify violence against women are often misinterpreted - but not always.

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of EvanescenceSongwriter Interviews

The Evanescence frontwoman on the songs that have shifted meaning and her foray into kids' music.

Corey Hart

Corey HartSongwriter Interviews

The Canadian superstar talks about his sudden rise to fame, and tells the stories behind his hits "Sunglasses At Night," "Boy In The Box" and "Never Surrender."

80s Video Director Jay Dubin

80s Video Director Jay DubinSong Writing

Billy Joel and Hall & Oates hated making videos, so they chose a director with similar contempt for the medium. That was Jay Dubin, and he has a lot to say on the subject.

Yoko Ono

Yoko OnoSongwriter Interviews

At 80 years old, Yoko has 10 #1 Dance hits. She discusses some of her songs and explains what inspired John Lennon's return to music in 1980.