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DIMEV 2767
It was upon a Saturday a little before prime
The birth and crucifixion of Christ — six couplets
Subjects: Virgin Mary; Christ, birth of; Christ, Passion of; devil
Versification: — two-line — aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Lincoln College Lat. 130, No. 14, f. i
Transcription:
It was up on a Saturday a litul bifore prime
ur ladi wento bedlem so ver wel awfter ir tim
se ne wepe ne se ne wre but se mad god elyr(?)
ihesu oute of her bodi ibronge as blossum of þe brere
Þe iwhus & Þe serysenus tokenet(?) hym to rede
Wat þen mytt ihesu criste wrste lyf to lede
Þey bluffed hym Þey bobut hym Þey dede hym on þe rode
Þey bede [ hole ] hym [and(?) hole ] schurning Þat al he spraa(?) blod
Þey co[ hole ] oure ladi marie & seyde wt mylde st[euen? edge ]
Dere loue wy sofrysst [ hole ] as & Þw heyr kyng of heuen
Ledi mote sufre Þy [ hole ] for al men sake
Nor helles wade Þe fule fende here fryly[s? worn ] take