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Lullay lullay little child
Christ weeps in the cradle for man’s sin — seven quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Lullay lullay litel child / qwi wepest þou so sore’
Note: Cf. 3300.
Subjects: carols, lullaby
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 7358, f. 12v
First Lines:
Lollay lollay þu lytel chyld wy wepys þu so sore
Þu þat were so sterne & wyld
Þu art bycome meck & myld
Wyþ þe marye þat wente with chyld…
Last Lines:
…Ȝet þu schall suffry peynys mo
In herte in fot & hondes to
Ic wot y wys þat ys al so
To sauy þat were forlore
Note: 6 stanzas = 1, 2, 4, 3, 5, 6 of Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21.
Editions:
Heuser, Wilhelm. Die Kildare-Gedichte… Bonner Beiträge zur Anglistik 14. Bonn: P. Hanstein, 1904: 2011-12.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 6
First Lines:
Lullay lullay litel child
Þu þat were so sterne & wild…
Last Lines:
…þat pine vs helpe ay to fle
þe wikede fendes lore Amen
Note: John Grimestone’s sermon notebook.
Facsimiles:
Obertello, Alfredo, ed. Liriche religiose ingelsi del secolo quattordicesimo. Milan: Bompiani, 1947: 118.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 80-1.
Cecil, Lord David. The Oxford Book of Christian Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1940: 17-18.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 103.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 115; 1977, 103-4.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 194-5.
Gray, Douglas, ed. A Selection of Religious Lyrics. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1975: 13.