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A patre unigenitus
A macaronic carol of the Nativity — five quatrains with burden: ‘Make we ioye nowe in this fest / In quo Cristus natus est / Eya’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 34.
Subjects: carols; carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aabb
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), f. 15
First Lines:
A patre vnigenitus
þorw a maiden is com to vs
Syng we to here and sey wel come
Veni redemptor gentium…
Last Lines:
…þu moder & maiden fre
Gloria tibi domine
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 97-8.
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: 2.124.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 22; 1977, 17.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 19.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 28.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 65.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 32v-33
First Lines:
A patre vnigenitus to a maydyn is cum to vs
Syng we of hym & sey wolen veni redemptor gencium…
Last Lines:
…Oliue beata trinitas þat lay be twyn an ox an a as
By hys modyr maydyn fre gloria tibi domine
Note: Written, as given above, in long lines with leonine rhyme, that is, two lines of verse per line in the MS.
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 97-8.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 48-9.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 53.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 28v-29
Note: Stanzas 1 and 2 only.
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 97-8.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 270-1.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 57.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 85.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 25.