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A song to sing I have good right
A macaronic carol of the Nativity — six quatrains (abab) and four-line Latin burden: ‘Laus, honor, virtus, gloria / Et tibi decus Maria’ (repeated)
Subjects: carols, Nativity; carols; songs
Versification: — four-line — abab, aaaa
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), f. 28
First Lines:
A songe to syng y haue god ryȝt
& myrþ to make in þis presens…
Last Lines:
…We praye the ȝyf hit be thy wylle
Mane nobis[cum] domine
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: 2.157-8.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 112.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 23; 1977, 18.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 28.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 42.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 30-1.