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Good day Sir Christmas our King / for every man
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab) with ‘Good day’ refrain and burden: ‘Go day go day / My lord syre cristemasse go day’
Note: For another ‘Sir Christmas’ carol see 2218.
Subjects: Christmastide; carols, Advent
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), f. 8
First Lines:
Go day Syre crystemas our Kyng
for euery man boþ olde & ȝynge
ys glad & blithe of ȝour comynge
Go day…
Last Lines:
…My semely lorde for ȝoure sake
Good day
Facsimiles:
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: no. xlvii.
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: 2.107.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 89-90.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 233.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 5; 1977, 3.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 219.
Terry, Sir Richard Runciman, ed. A Medieval Carol Book. London: Curwen, 1931: 39.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 12.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 16.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 214.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 113-14.