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Fair maiden who is this bairn
A carol of the Nativity — four quatrains (aabb) and four-line burden (aaaa): ‘Mater ora filium / Vt post hoc exilium / Nobis donet gaudium / Beatorum omnium
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 395.
Subjects: carols, to Virgin Mary; dialogues, Virgin and Christ
Versification: — four-line — aabb
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 3741
First Lines:
Fayre maydyn who is this barn
That þu beriste in thyn arme…
Last Lines:
Þat he will send vs of his grace
In hevyn onhigh to haue a place
Explicit
Attributed Title: Mater ora filium vt post hoc exilium / nobis donet gaudium beatorum omnium (p. 374)
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Englische Weihnachtslieder aus einter Handschrift des Balliol College zu Oxford.” Forschungen zur deutschen Philologie. Festgabe für Rudolf Hildebrands. Leipzig: Deit, 1894: 52-84: 53.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 111.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 189.
Pollard, Alfred William. Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse. A Volume of Arber’s ‘English Garner’…. Westminster and New York: Dutton, 1903: 83.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 2.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 134; 1977, 119.