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In this vale of wretchedness
Song for St. Stephen’s Day — four quatrains (aaab) with Latin caudae and four-line burden: ‘Pray for vs that we saued be / Prothomartir Stephane’ (repeated)
Subjects: Stephen, saint; carols, of saints
Versification: — four-line — aaab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 22v-23v
First Lines:
In this vale off wrecchednesse
Yprewed was thy mekeness…
Last Lines:
…But rathere to dye for godes sake
Circumfusio sanguine
Attributed Title: Stephen. Sancti Stephani (f. 22v)
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 269.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 63; 1977, 52-3.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 122-3.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 80.