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Jesu of a maid Thou wouldest be born
A song of Jesus the Saviour — five quatrains (aabb) with ‘Miserere nobis’ refrain and four-line burden: ‘Iesu fili virginis / miserere nobis’ (repeated)
Note: Stanzas 1 and 4 similar to lines 1-4 of 5079.
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aabb
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Lincoln College Lat. 141, ff. 4v-5
First Lines:
Jhesu of a maydyn woldyst be borne
To sawe mankynd þat was forlorne
And all for owr mysmiserere nobis
Last Lines:
…That we mow se þi fas
In hewen blysse miserere nobis
Note: Three stanzas.
Editions:
Palti, Kathleen. “An Unpublished Fifteenth-Century Carol Collection: Oxford, Lincoln College MS Lat. 141.” Medium Aevum. 77 (2008): 260-78: 269.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 44v-44
First Lines:
Jhesu of a mayde tho woldest be born
To saue mankynde that was forlorne…
Last Lines:
…To raunson hem that there lay
With joy & blisse
Miserere nobis
Attributed Title: de natiuitate (f. 43v)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 54.
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: 271.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 57-8; 1977, 47-8.
Sandys, William, ed. Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern. London: Richard Beckley, 1833: 15.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 181-2.
Julian, John. A Dictionary of Hymnology…. London: J. Murray, 1908; 2nd ed. London, 1925: 209.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 101.
3.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 29v-30
First Lines:
Jhesu of a mayde thow woldest be born
To saue mankynde that was forlorn…
Last Lines:
…And thow deidist vpon the rode tree
For owre mysse
Miserere nobis
Note: 2 stanzas and burden only; music by Richard Smert.
Attributed Title: de natiuitate (f. 29v)
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: 275.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 86.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 48.