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A virgin pure
A Nativity carol — four 5-line stanzas (abccb in which first and third lines have leonine rhyme) including refrain, ‘Deo gracias’, plus burden (bb with medial rhyme): ‘Now let vs syng both more & lesse / Of Criste commyng Deo gracias’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 45.
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — seven-line — aabcccd
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 3752
First Lines:
A virgyn pure this is full sure
Gabriell dide her grete…
Last Lines:
…Therfor we syng both old & yonge
Of Cristis commynge
Deo gracias
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 195-6.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 117.
Flügel, Ewald. “Englische Weihnachtslieder aus einter Handschrift des Balliol College zu Oxford.” Forschungen zur deutschen Philologie. Festgabe für Rudolf Hildebrands. Leipzig: Deit, 1894: 52-84: 55.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 3-4.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 30; 1977, 24.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 51.