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Jesu was born in Bethlehem Iudea / Of maid Mary thus find we
A carol for Epiphany — eleven quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘The sterre hym schon bothe nyght & day / To lede thre kynges ther our lord lay’
Subjects: carols, Epiphany
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, ff. 14-14v
First Lines:
Jhesu was born in bedlem jude
Of mayde mary thus fynde we…
Last Lines:
…God saf vs fro the peynis of helle
& fro the wykkynd fyndes pray
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 80-2; 1977, 69-70.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 40-2.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 33-72: 54-5.
2.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Porkington 10, ff. 198v-199v
First Lines:
Jhesu whas borne in bedlem jude
Alle off a mayden so fyndythe whe…
Last Lines:
…And yne the depyste pytte he fell
And ther he ys foreuer & ay
Note: 10 stanzas, most differing from the text of London, British Library Sloane 2593.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 80-2; 1977, 70.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 134-5.