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IMEV 1363.5
NIMEV 1363.5
I shall you tell this ilk night
A carol to St. Stephen — six quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘The holy marter Steuen we pray / To be our socour both myght and day’
Subjects: Stephen, saint; carols, to saints
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Egerton 3307, f. 54v
First Lines:
I schal yow tell þis ilk nyght
of seynt steuen godes knyght…
Last Lines:
…gret stonys abowte hym sprong
And sayd wee þi meyd schall pay
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 60.
Editions:
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 69.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 78.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 54.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5204.5. Christmas Carolles, [R. Copland f.] R. Kele, [1545?] , pp. 33-35
First Lines:
Of Saynt Steuen Goddes knyght
That preched the fayth day & nyght…
Last Lines:
…Graunt vs for his precyous bloode
Our saluacyon at domesday
Note: 9 stanzas.
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 51.
Editions:
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 69.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 64; 1977, 53-4.
2.Source: STC 5204.5. Christmas Carolles, [R. Copland f.] R. Kele, [1545?] , p. 42
First Lines:
I shall you tell this ylke nyght
Of Saybnnt Stephan Goddes knyght…
Last Lines:
…They bette hym and bounde hym fast
And made his body in foule aray
Note: 4 stanzas = stanzas 1, 2, variant, 4 of [1]; burden differs: ‘Blessyd Stephan we the praye / Pro nobis preces funde’..
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 60.
Editions:
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 69.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 63; 1977, 54.