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A child is born amongst man
A Christmas carol — three stanzas with a 4-line burden: ‘Honnd by honnd we schulle ous take / & joye & blisse schulle we make / For the deuel of ele man haght forsake / & godes sone ys maked our make’
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line, six-line — aaaa, aabaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 26 (SC 1871), f. 202v
First Lines:
A child is boren amo[n]ges man
& in þat child was no wam…
Last Lines:
…for þe he ȝahf a hondre fo[l]d
hys lif to bote
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 9-10; 1977, 6.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 110-11.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever. English Literature at the Close of the Middle Ages. Oxford History of English Literature. Oxford: Clarendon, 1945: 80.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 290.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 59.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 65.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 183-4.
2.Source: London, University of London MS 657 [olim Helmingham Hall I.J.I.7], p. 280b
Note: Third stanza only.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 9-10; 1977, p. 6.