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Hail be Thou Mary most of honour
To the Virgin — four quatrains (aabb) with ‘Aue plena gracia’ refrain and burden: ‘Ave, plena gracia / Dei mater Maria
Subjects: carols, to Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, hymns to
Versification: — three-line, two-line — aabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Egerton 3307, f. 67
First Lines:
Hayle be þu mary most of honowr
þu bar ihesu our sauiour…
Last Lines:
…þow pray for vs vnto thy son
In heuen blyss þat we may won
maria
Aue p[lena] g[racia]
Editions:
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 54.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 52.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 109.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 119.