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For His love that bought us all dear
A song of Christ the Fleur-de-lys — four quatrains including refrain, ‘can the flowr de lyce’ (aaab) plus burden (bb): ‘Synge we all for tyme it is / Mary hath born the flowre-de-lice’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 421.
Subjects: Christ, attributes of; carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4792
First Lines:
ffor his love þat bowght vs all dere
Lysten lordyngis that ben here…
Last Lines:
That day he suffred myche payne
& ther of cometh the fflowr Delice
Syng we alle for tyme it is
Mary hath born þe flowre delice
Explicit
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: 77.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 260.
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: 37-8.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 139.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 32; 1977, 26.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 188.