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Here comes Holly that is so gent
In praise of holly — four couplets, ‘Alleluia’ refrain, and burden: Alleluia, alleluia / Alleluia now syng we’
Subjects: carols, holly and ivy
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 53v-54
First Lines:
Her commys holly þat is so gent
To pleesse all men is his intent…
Last Lines:
…Who so euer ageynst holly do syng
He maye wepe & handys wryng
Note: Hamer (1995) had listed as Unidentified, Missing or destroyed; Brown and Robbins (1943) had listed as SC 27934 instead of SC 29734; 4 x 2 plus burden.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 84-5.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 238.
Bad Key: Patterson1916: 444.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 94-5; 1977, 83.
Hotten, John Camden, (alias Joshua Sylvester). A Garland of Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern. London, 1861 [listed as “Sylvester” in IMEV]: 143.
Hotten, John Camden, (alias Joshua Sylvester). Christmas Carols and Ballads. London, 1874 [listed as “Sylvester” in IMEV]: 159.
Husk, William Henry. Songs of the Nativity. London, 1867: 129.
Bullen, Arthur Henry. Carols and Poems from the fifteenth century to the present time. London, 1866, repr. as Songs and Carols. London: John C. Nimmo, 1885 London: John C. Nimmo, 1885: 255-6.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 262.
Patterson, Frank A. “Shakspeare and the Medieval Lyric.” Shakesperian Studies by Members of the Department of English And Comparative Literature in Columbia University. B. Matthews, and A. H. Thorndike, eds. New York: Columbia University Press, 1916. 431-52: 444.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 46.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 137.