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Jesu rested in a may / Forty weeks and a day
A Christmas carol — three quatrains (aaab) with ‘Nowell ell ell’ refrain and burden: ‘Nowell nowell ell ell / Iwys yt ys a wunder nowell’
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College S.54 (259), f. 2
First Lines:
Ihesu restyd in a may
xl wekis and a day…
Last Lines:
…hosyll and schirft at oure endynge
Nowell ell ell
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes, and G. C. Macaulay, eds. “Fifteenth Century Carols and Other Pieces.” Modern Language Review 8 (1913): 68-87: 69-70.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 57; 1977, 47.