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Gods Son is born
A song of the Nativity — five 9-line stanzas (ababcdddc) and 4-line burden: ‘Blyssid be that lady bryght / That bare a chyld off great myght / Withoute peyne as it ws right / Mayd mother marye’
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — nine-line, four-line — ababcdddc, aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 52v-53
First Lines:
Goddys sonne is borne
hys moder is a maid…
Last Lines:
…& offered hym gold encence & mure
& to hys modere mary
Editions:
Kirke, Henry. The Reliquary 9 (1868-69): 4.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 82-3.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 41-2.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 136-7.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 29-30; 1977, 24.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 222-3.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 63-4; 190-1.