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God was I-born in Bedlam / I-born he was to Jerusalem
A charm against wolves and thieves (perhaps originally addressed to Woden) — in rough couplets
Subjects: charms; thieves; wolves
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale n.a. lat. 693, f. 193rb
First Lines:
God was iborin in bedlem
Iborin he was to ierusalem…
Last Lines:
…palle pwey pstilplle ptilple phich
phabpbe pydon pmipwilple
Note: Olim Ashburnham 120; the cipher explained by Smallwood (1989), 207.
Editions:
Ashburnham, Bertram. Catalogue of the Manuscripts at Ashburnham Place. 2 vols. plus Appendix volume. London: C. F. Hodgson, [1849]-1864.
Priebsch, R. “An Old English Charm and the ‘Wiener Hundesegen.’” Academy 49 (No. 1255, 23 May 1896): 428: 428 (vv.14).
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 245 (4 lines).
Smallwood, T. M. “’God was Born in Bethlehem…’: The Tradition of a Middle English Charm.” Medium Ævum 58 (1989): 206-23: 206-7.