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Herod that was both wild and wood
A carol for Innocents’ Day — four quatrains and four-line burden: ‘Worcepe we this holy day / That all innocentis for vs pray’ (repeated)
Subjects: carols, of the Innocents; Holy Innocents
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 24v-25
First Lines:
Herode þat was bothe wylde & wode
Ful muche he shadde of cristen blode…
Last Lines:
…By the prayer of thy moder gode
Bryng vus to blysse þat lastith ay
Attributed Title: de innocentibus (f. 24v)
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 269-70.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 71; 1977, 59.
Sandys, William, ed. Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern. London: Richard Beckley, 1833: 18.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 128.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 82.