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In a dream late as I lay
On the Virgin Mother — two 6-line stanzas with a lullaby burden: ‘[By by lullaby] rockyd I my chyld / [by by by] lullaby rockyd i my child’
Subjects: Virgin Mary
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 22924. XX Songes, Impryntyd in London at the signe of the Black Mores, 1530 , item 3
First Lines:
in a dreme late as I lay
me thought i hard a maydyn say…
Last Lines:
…Then merueld I ryght sore of thys
a mayd to haue a child I wis
By by lullay thus rockyd she her chyld
Editions:
Imelmann, Rudolf. “Zur Kenntnis der vor-Shakespeare’schen Lyrik: I. Wynkyn de Wordes ‘Song Book,’ 1530; II. John Dayes Sammlung der Lieder Thomas Whythornes, 1571.” Jahrbuch der deutschen Shakespeare-Gesselschaft 39 (1903): 121-78: 125-6.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 590.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 145.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 67-8.