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NIMEV TP 339
Death began because of sin
We all must die — seven 8-line stanzas (ababcdcd) with ‘Forsothe all we shall dye’ refrain and 4-line burden: ‘Be thou poore or be thou ryche / I rede lyfte vp thyn eye / And se i this we be all lyche / Forsothe all we shall dye’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1988), TP 339.
Subjects: transitoriness, of life; Original Sin; carols, of mortality
Versification: — eight-line, four-line — ababcdcd, abab



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5204.5. Christmas Carolles, [R. Copland f.] R. Kele, [1545?] , pp. 7-10
First Lines:
Dethe began by cause of syn
We syn bothe poore and ryche…
Last Lines:
…This is gods equyte
Forsothe all we shall dye
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 25-8.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 251-2; 1977, 222-3.