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Gabriel that angel bright
Annunciation carol — five quatrains (aaab) including refrain, ‘Regina celi letare,’ plus burden (bb): Now synge we syng we ‘Regina celi letare
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 456.
Subjects: carols, Annunciation; Virgin Mary, Annunciation to
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab, aa
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), f. 26
First Lines:
Gabriell þat angell bryȝt
Bryȝter þan þe sonne is lyȝt …
Last Lines:
…To saue þe solves þat war forlost
Letare
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 169-70; 1977, 150.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 33-4.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4642
First Lines:
Gabryell that angell bryght
Bryghtter than the son lyght…
Last Lines:
…hou kepe & save vs all from tene
Regina celi letare
Explicit
Note: 4 stanzas.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 169-70; 1977, 150.
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: 65.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 236.
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: 10.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 29.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 84.