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Exortum est in love and liss
A Christmas carol with palindromic rhymes — five quatrains (aaab) with refrain and burden: ‘Nowel syng we bothe al and som / Now Rex Pacificus ys ycome’
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), f. 7
First Lines:
Exortum est in loue & lysse
Now cryst hys grace he gan vs gyffe
And with hys body vs bouȝt to blysse
boþe all and summe…
Last Lines:
…The rent of heuen þat we not mysse
Bothe alle & summe
Facsimiles:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967.
Editions:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.104-5.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 87.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 21; 1977, 16.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 166-7.
Copley, J. Seven English Songs and Carols of the Fifteenth Century. Leeds English Language Texts and Monographs 6. Leeds, 1940.
Stevens, John, ed. Music at the Court of Henry VIII. Musica Britannica 18. London: Stainer and Bell, 1962: 11.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 32.