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IMEV 66.5
NIMEV TP 26
A maid peerless
In praise of the Virgin Mother — three 6-line stanzas (aabccb) with burden (dd): ‘She may be callyd a souerant lady / That ys A mayd and beryth a baby’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 26.
Subjects: Virgin Mary, songs in honour of; songs
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22924. XX Songes, Impryntyd in London at the signe of the Black Mores, 1530 , sigs. c.2-c.2v
First Lines:
A mayd pereles
[that is makeles]
hath borne Godys son…
Last Lines:
…we ought endeuer
vs day and ny[g]ht
Note: Folio 11, or sigs c.2-c.2v
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550].
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 591.
Imelmann, Rudolf. “Zur Kenntnis der vor-Shakespeare’schen Lyrik: I. Wynkyn de Wordes ‘Song Book,’ 1530; II. John Dayes Sammlung der Lieder Thomas Whythornes, 1571.” Jahrbuch der deutschen Shakespeare-Gesselschaft 39 (1903): 121-78: 127-8.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 156.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 22-3.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 75.