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Gabriel brighter than the sun
A New Year carol — three cross-rhymed quatrains (abab) plus four-line burden: ‘Make us meri this new yere / Thankyng god with hertely chere’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 454.
Subjects: carols, New Year
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library e Musaeo 23 (SC 3493), p. 162
Note: Variant version of stanza 1 only.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 12v-13
First Lines:
Gabriell bryȝther then the sonne
Graciusly grette that mayden fre…
Last Lines:
…For the fende she shall vs shylde
So sayeth bokys in hure story
Attributed Title: In die circumcisionis (f. 12v)
Editions:
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: 267.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 76; 1977, 63-4.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 70.