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Lift up your hearts and be glad / In Christs birth the angel bade
A New Year song of Good Cheer — four quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘What cher gud cher gud cher / Be mery & glad this gud new yere’
Subjects: carols, New Year
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, 6. 4682
First Lines:
Lyft vp your hartis & be glad
In crystis byrth the angell bad…
Last Lines:
…& with gud hert he doth to you say
What cher
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
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: 69.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 123.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 242.
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: 15.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 77; 1977, 64.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 219-20.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 84.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 288.