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Ecce ancilla domini
A song of the Annunciation — in 8-line stanzas with the refrain, ‘Ecce ancilla domini
Subjects: Annunciation, songs of; Virgin Mary, Annunciation to
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 5943, f. 182v
First Lines:
Ecce Ancilla domini
thus seyde the virgine vythute eny vyse
When gabryll grett hurd gracyously
hayle be that virgine I preuyd on prys
thu shalt conceyue a swete spyce…
Last Lines:
…Then seyde the virgine so myldely
He schal be dyre welcome to me
Ecce Ancilla domini
Note: Four stanzas: first of 7 lines (ababbab), others of 8 lines (ababbcbc).
Facsimiles:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.": 45.
Rastall, Richard. “Introduction.” A Fifteenth-Century Song Book: Cambridge University Library Additional MS 5943 made in facsimile. Leeds: Boethius Press, 1973.
Editions:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.": 45.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 105-6.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, ff. 89v-90v
First Lines:
Ecce ancilla domini
Seyde þo virgyn withowtyn vice
When gabriell hur gret graciously…
Last Lines:
…At þat worde knot was knytte
Ecce ancilla domini
Note: Seven 8-line stanzas.
Facsimiles:
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.
Editions:
Turnbull, William Barclay David Donald, ed. The Visions of Tundale. Edinburgh: T.G. Stevenson, 1843: 141-3.
Breul, Karl. “Zwei mittelenglische Christmas Carols.” Englische Studien 14 (1890): 401-08: 401-2.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 112-14.