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Holy Maiden blessed Thou be / Gods son is born of Thee
A song in praise of the Virgin Mary — seven quatrains (aaaa) with refrain ‘Regina celi letare’, and burden: ‘Synge we to this mery cumpane / Regina celi letare
Note: For a variant see 823.
Subjects: carols, to the Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, hymns to
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), f. 10v
First Lines:
Holy maide blessyd þu be
godys sone is born of þe…
Last Lines:
…With this songe of melode
Regina celi letare
Note: 5 stanzas.
Facsimiles:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: lii.
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 91-2.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 137-8; 1977, 122.
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.110.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 14.
Terry, Sir Richard Runciman, ed. A Medieval Carol Book. London: Curwen, 1931: 24.
2.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, f. 25
First Lines:
Holy maydyn blyssid thou be
Godes sone is born of the…
Last Lines:
…This is a song of humylyte
Regina [celi letare]
Note: 5 stanzas.
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 91-2.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 137-8; 1977, 122.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 71-2.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 33-72: 64-5.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 18.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 69-70; 196-7.