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It wern four letters of purpose I / of M and A R and I
A song in praise of the Virgin Mary — four quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘M & A & R & I / Syngyn I wyl a newe song’
Subjects: carols, to Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, hymns to
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 25-25v
First Lines:
Of þes iiii letters purpose I
of M & A R & I…
Last Lines:
…& wep[t] water ful bytterly
& terys of blod euer among
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 135; 1977, 120.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 31-2.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 109.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 163-4.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 479.
2.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, f. 24v
First Lines:
It wern fowre letterys of purposy
M & A & R & I…
Last Lines:
…Saue now al this cumpany
& send vs joye & blysse ammong
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 135; 1977, 120.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 69-70.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 33-72: 64.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 7.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 107-8; 234-5.