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About the field they piped full right
The Angels appearing to the Shepherds, a carol — seven quatrains (abab) including refrain, ‘Terly terlow tirly terlow’, plus burden (bb): ‘Tyrly tirlow tirly terlow / So merily the sheperdis began to blow’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 49
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), f. 60
First Lines:
Abowt þe fyld þei pyped full right
Even abowt þe middes of þe nyght…
Last Lines:
…Fore to syng & make good chere
In þe worship of god thys yere
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 237-8.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 95-6.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 97-8.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 50; 1977, 41-2.
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: 19-20.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 71.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 115-16.
Gray, Douglas, ed. A Selection of Religious Lyrics. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1975: 8.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4652
First Lines:
A bowt the feld they pypyd ryght
So meryly the sheperdis began to blow…
Last Lines:
…The whych was never defyled
Terly terlow tirly terlow
Explicit
Note: Missing stanzas 6-7.
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. “Englische Weihnachtslieder aus einter Handschrift des Balliol College zu Oxford.” Forschungen zur deutschen Philologie. Festgabe für Rudolf Hildebrands. Leipzig: Deit, 1894: 52-84: 66.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 117.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 237-8.
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: 11.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 97-8 (composite text).
Segar, Mary Gertrude, and Emmeline Paxton, eds. Some Minor Poems of the Middle Ages. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1917: 9-10.
Dearmer, Percy, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Martin Shaw. The Oxford Book of Carols. London: Oxford UP, 1928: 208.
Frost, Leslie, ed. Come Christmas. New York: Coward-McCann, 1935: 269.
3.Source: Coventry, MS formerly owned by Thomas Sharp (burned in 1879)
Transcription:
…Doune from heaven from heaven so hie
Note: Burden lacking.
Editions:
Sharp, Thomas. A Dissertation on the Pageants…performed at Coventry. Coventry: Merridew, 1825: 113-4 (Songs of the Angels in Shearmen’s and Taylors’ Pageant).
Craig, Hardin, ed. Two Coventry Corpus Christi Plays. EETS e.s. 87 (1902; 2nd ed. 1957); repr. 1967: 31.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 50; 1977, 42.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 97-8.
Pollard, Alfred William. Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse. A Volume of Arber’s ‘English Garner’…. Westminster and New York: Dutton, 1903: 272.
Kermode, Frank, ed. English Pastoral Poetry. London: Harrap, 1952: 50.
Duncan, Edmond Stone. The Story of the Carol. Detroit: Singing Tree Press, 1968: 76.
Cutts, John C. “The Second Coventry Carol and a note on The Maydes Metamorphosis.” Renaissance News 10 (1957): 3-8: 5-7.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 126 (composite text).
Brougham, Eleanor M., ed. Corn from Olde Fieldes, an Anthology of English Poems from the XIVth to the XVIIth Century. London, 1918: 6 (composite text).