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Jesu of His mother was born
Verbum caro factum est’ — six quatrains (aaab) with ‘He tok his deth for most & lest’ refrain and burden: ‘I may seyn to most & lest / Verbum caro factum est
Title(s): Verbum caro factum est
Subjects: carols, of the Passion
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, ff. 28-28v
First Lines:
Jhesu of his moder was born
For vs he werde garlond of thorn…
Last Lines:
…At domysday our helpe he be
He tok &c.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 81-2.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 33-72: 67.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 127; 1977, 113.