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DIMEV 1622
NIMEV 993.11
God was I-bore in Bethlehem
Charm against thieves — roughly four couplets, then a prose passage, then two couplets
Note: See also 1018, 1023, 3188.
Subjects: charms; Christ, birth of; thieves
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2584, f. 73v
First Lines:
God was ybore in Bethleem
& baptized in Flum Iordan
Þerinne was no þef
But God himself þat was ful lef
God & seint Trinite
Saue alle þing þat is me lof
Wiþinne þis hous & withoute
& alle þe way aboute…
Last Lines:
…Ȝif any þeues hider þe wey take
Þat þei stande stille as eny stake
As euere þer was any ybounde
& as euere was þe mulston
Editions:
Smallwood, T. M. “’God was Born in Bethlehem…’: The Tradition of a Middle English Charm.” Medium Ævum 58 (1989): 206-23: 209-10.