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I sing of a maiden that is makeless
A song in praise of the Virgin Mary — five couplets
Note: Based partly on 3806; cf. Copley (1962), 134-7.
Subjects: Virgin Mary, songs in honour of; songs
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Barlow 24 (SC 6470), f. 188v
Transcription:
Mayde wyff and moder whas neuer but ye
Well may suche a Lady Goddys modyr be
Note: One couplet in a Latin sermon for the Feast of the Assumption, introduced ‘vnde communiter de eo canitur’.
Editions:
Fletcher, Alan J. “I Sing of a Maiden: A Fifteenth-Century Sermon Reminiscence.” Notes and Queries n.s. 25 [223] (1978): 108: 108.
2.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, f. 10v
First Lines:
I Syng of a myden þat is makeles
kyng of alle kynges to here sone che ches…
Last Lines:
…moder and mayden was never non but che
wel may swych a lady godes moder b
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 30.
Bullen, Arthur Henry. Carols and Poems from the fifteenth century to the present time. London, 1866, repr. as Songs and Carols. London: John C. Nimmo, 1885 London: John C. Nimmo, 1885: 4-5.
Wülker, Richard Paul, ed. Altenglisches Lesebuch. 2 vols. in one. Halle: Lippert, 1874, 1880: 2.7.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 33-72: 50.
Greg, Walter Wilson. “‘I Sing of a Maiden that is Makeless’.” Modern Philolog 7 (1909-10): 165-7: 166.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 6.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 107.
Cook, Albert Stanburrough. A Literary Middle English Reader. Boston and New York: Ginn, 1915: 46.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, and Emmeline Paxton, eds. Some Minor Poems of the Middle Ages. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1917: 13.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 119.
Quiller-Couch, A. The Oxford Book of English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 34-5.
Cecil, Lord David. The Oxford Book of Christian Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1940: 30.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever. English Literature at the Close of the Middle Ages. Oxford History of English Literature. Oxford: Clarendon, 1945: 91.
Niles, John Jacob. The Anglo-American Carol Study Book. New York: Schirmer, 1948: 27.
Auden, Wystan Hugh, and Norman Holmes Pearson, eds. Poets of the English Language. Viking Portable Library vol. 1. New York, 1950: 1.29.
Speirs, John. Medieval English Poetry: the non-Chaucerian Tradition. London: Faber, 1957: 67-8.
Mason, Harold Andrew. Humanism and Poetry in the Early Tudor Period. London: Routledge and Paul, 1959: 175.
Manning, Stephen. “‘I Syng of a Myden.’” PMLA 75 (1960): 8-12: 8.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 155.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 99.
Woolf, Rosemary. The English Religious Lyric in the Middle Ages. Oxford: Clarendon, 1968: 287.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 83.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 432-3.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 99.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 170.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 161.
Pearsall, Derek, ed. Chaucer to Spenser: An Anthology of Writings in English 1375-1575. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1999: 388.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 61; 187-91.