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How mankind first began
Two couplets in a Latin homily on ‘Audi filia et vide’ (Ps. XLIV. 11) with refrain ‘My doȝter my derlyng, Herkne my lore yse my thechyng’
Note: For a translation of the ‘text’ see 80.
Subjects: sermons, verse in; instruction; original sin; redemption
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Bodley 26 (SC 1871), f. 193v
Transcription:
How mankende first bygan
In what manschepe now ys man
What wykednesse man hat ydo
What ioye & blisse man ys ybroȝt
Editions:
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “The Earliest Carols and the Franciscans.” Modern Language Notes 53 (1938): 239-45: 243.
Pfander, Homer Garrison. “The Popular Sermon of the Medieval Friar in England.” Diss. New York University, 1937: 46.