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A man was the first guilt
A Christmas carol — four quatrains and burden: ‘All þat leue in Christen lay / Worschup euery Cristmes day’
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 27v-28
First Lines:
Aman was þe fyrst gylt
& þer for he was spilt…
Last Lines:
…for euery man to hel gangoo
It was lityl mery thoo
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 39-40.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 117.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 27; 1977, 22.