The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1820
IMEV 1132
He bore him up he bore him down
A Corpus Christi carol — six couplets and burden: ‘Lulley lulley lulley lulley / The fawcon hath born my mak away’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 530.
Subjects: carols, of the Eucharist; Corpus Christi
Versification: — two-line — aa

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 3521
First Lines:
He bare hym vp he bare hym down
He bare hym in to an orchard brown…
Last Lines:
…& by þat beddis side þer stondith a ston
Corpus Christi wretyn þer on
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