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I Joseph wonder how this may be
Joseph’s Trouble about Mary — four 5-line stanzas (aaaab) and four-line burden: ‘Meruele noght Josep on Mary mylde / Forsake hyr not tho she be with childe’ (repeated)
Note: First and fifth lines to be repeated in singing, and written thus, st. 1.
Title(s): Joseph’s Trouble about Mary
Subjects: carols, of Joseph’s trouble
Versification: — five-line, four-line — aaaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 10-11
First Lines:
I josep wonder how hit may be
I josep wonder how hit may be
That mary wex gret when Y and she…
Last Lines:
…Thy forefaderes of paynes to vnbynde
Therfor muse not this mater in thy mynde
Meruell not [Joseph]
Editions:
Smith, John Stafford. Musica Antiqua: a Selection of Music …. London: Preston, 1812: 24.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 52.
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: 266.
Julian, John. A Dictionary of Hymnology…. London: J. Murray, 1908; 2nd ed. London, 1925: 209.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 185; 1977, 163.
Sandys, William, ed. Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern. London: Richard Beckley, 1833: 13.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 24.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 68.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 115.