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NIMEV 1893
Listeneth lordings both elde and young
A carol of the Nativity — seven quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Of a rose a louely rose / Of a rose is al myn song’
Note: For a variant see 3128
Subjects: carols, to Virgin Mary
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, ff. 6v-7
First Lines:
Lestenyt lordynges bothe elde & yynge
How this rose began to sprynge…
Last Lines:
…Che be our helpe & our socour
& schy[l]d vs fro the fyndes bond
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols printed from a manuscript in the Sloane Collection. London: Pickering, 1836: no. 5.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 16-18.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 103-4.
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: 170.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 133; 1977, 117-18.
Cecil, Lord David. The Oxford Book of Christian Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1940: 30-1.
Quiller-Couch, A. The Oxford Book of English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 12.
Speirs, John. Medieval English Poetry: the non-Chaucerian Tradition. London: Faber, 1957: 70-1.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 429-30.