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In Bethlehem a child is I-born
A song of the Nativity, Star, Magi, etc., and reference to the Passion — twenty quatrains (abab) in John Grimestone’s sermon notebook
Subjects: Nativity, songs of the (not carols)
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, ff. 4vb-5va
First Lines:
In bedlem is a child iborn
Sal comun a mongus vs…
Last Lines:
…Wif mayden & moder so þing
Was neuere non but sche
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 75-8.