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The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
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DIMEV 131
IMEV 81
NIMEV 81
A new work is come on hand
A carol of the Nativity — six stanzas, aaabab (st. 1 differs) with ‘Alleluya’ burden
Subjects: carols, Nativity; Nativity
Versification: — seven-line, six-line — aaaabab, aaabab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), ff. 21v-22
First Lines:
A nywe werk is come on honde
þorw myȝt & grace of godys sonde…
Last Lines:
…Now ioye & blysse be hem a monge
þat thus cunne synge alleluya
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: 2.140.
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: 2.140-2.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 106-7.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 45-6; 1977, 38.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 22.