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In this time Christ hath us sent
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Make we mery in hall & bowr / Thys tyme was born owr savyower’
Note: Burden same as 2640.
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4612
First Lines:
In this tyme God hath sent
Hys own Son to be present…
Last Lines:
…On vs all to haue pytee
God þat ys owr Saviowr
Explicit
Note: 4 stanzas.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Englische Weihnachtslieder aus einter Handschrift des Balliol College zu Oxford.” Forschungen zur deutschen Philologie. Festgabe für Rudolf Hildebrands. Leipzig: Deit, 1894: 52-84: 61.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 231.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 7.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 52, 47-8.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 19-20; 1977, 15-16.
Frost, Leslie, ed. Come Christmas. New York: Coward-McCann, 1935: 262.
2.Source: London, British Library Royal 20 A.I, f. 120
First Lines:
Al on this tyme god hath ows ysent
Hys ovne sone on a present…
Last Lines:
…And god made goon and kynge
And empe[rowre]
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 19-20; 1977, 15.
3.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, ff. 24-24v
First Lines:
In this tyme cryst haght vs sent
His owyn sone in present…
Last Lines:
…On vs haue mercy & pete
& bryng vs alle to his tour
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 11-12.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 68-9.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 170.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 52, 47-8.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 19-20; 1977, 15.