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I saw a sweet seemly sight
The Virgin’s Lullaby — one 6-line stanza (aabccb) and 5-line burden: ‘Lullay lullow lully lullay / Bewy bewy lully lully / Bewy lully lullow lully / Lullay baw baw my barne / Slepe softly now’
Subjects: carols, lullaby
Versification: — six-line, five-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5666, ff. 4v-5
Transcription:
I saw a swete semly syght
A blisfujl birde a blossum bright
That murnyng made & mirth of mange
A maydin moder mek & myld
In credil kep a knaue child
That softly slepe scho sat & sange
Note: Written twice, once for each voice. The manuscript is in the handwriting of Friar John Brackley (f. 1v)
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1877; first published 1790; ed. William Carew Hazlitt : xlvii.
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: 59.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 1.
Bukofzer, Manfred F. “Review of Stevens (1952).” Journal of the American Musicological Society 7 (1954): 63-78: 74.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 70.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 164.