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A babe is born all of a may / In the salvation of us
An Epiphany carol — five quatrains with Latin caudae
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 1628; for a variant, see 5565.
Subjects: Epiphany, carols for; carols
Versification: — four-line — abab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4643
First Lines:
Ther ys a chyld borne of a may
In saluacion of all vs…
Last Lines:
…To hys blis to bryng them all
Ihesu saluator seculi
Explicit
Note: Missing stanza 3; four quatrains (abab) plus burden (cc): Conditor alme siderum / eterna lux credencium.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 10, 171.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 79, 78; 1977, 68.
Flügel, Ewald. “Englische Weihnachtslieder aus einter Handschrift des Balliol College zu Oxford.” Forschungen zur deutschen Philologie. Festgabe für Rudolf Hildebrands. Leipzig: Deit, 1894: 52-84: 65.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 236.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 52-3.
2.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, f. 27v
Editions:
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 10, 171.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 79, 78; 1977, 67.
Sandys, William. Christmastide its history, festivities, and carols. London: John Russell Smith, 1852: 226.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 13-14.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 79-80.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 49-50.