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I saw a fair maiden sitten and sing
Cradle song of the Virgin Mary — five couplets and burden: ‘Lullay myn lykyng my dere sone myn swetyng / Lullay my dere herte myn owyn dere derlyng’
Subjects: carols, lullaby; dialogues
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, ff. 32-32v
First Lines:
I saw a fayr maydyn syttyn & synge
Sche lullyd a lytyl chyld a swete lordyng…
Last Lines:
…Prey we now to that chyld & to his moder dere
Grawnt hem his blyssyng that now makyn chere
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 94-5.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 33-72: 49.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 131.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 98; 1977, 87.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 66.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 66-7.
Dearmer, Percy, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Martin Shaw. The Oxford Book of Carols. London: Oxford UP, 1928: 220.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 98.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 166.
Gray, Douglas, ed. A Selection of Religious Lyrics. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1975: 12.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 70; 197.