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Lullay lullay lullay little child why weepest thou so sore
A Lullaby warning against the evils of this world — six 6-line stanzas (aaaabb)
Note: This song is repeated in Latin at f. 62; for a Lullaby in the same measure sung by the Virgin Mary see 3300; stanza 4 is practically identical with 5367.
Subjects: lullabies; evils of the times; vanity, against worldly
Versification: — six-line — aaaabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 913, ff. 32-32v
First Lines:
Lollai .l. litil child whi wepistou so sore
Nedis mostou wepe hit was iȝarkid þe ȝore…
Last Lines:
…Lolla .l. litil chil þis wo adam þe wroȝt
Whan he of þe appil ete and eue hit him betacht
Note: Transcript in London, British Library Addit. 20091, ff. 58v-60.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.177-8.
Pinkerton, W. “Early Anglo-Irish Poetry.” Ulster Journal of Archaeology 8 (1860): 268-79: 277-8.
Heuser, Wilhelm. Die Kildare-Gedichte… Bonner Beiträge zur Anglistik 14. Bonn: P. Hanstein, 1904: 174-5.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 166-8.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 35-6.
Kaiser, Rolf, ed. Alt- und mittelenglische Anthologie. Berlin, 1954; 3rd ed.; trans. as Medieval English: a Old English and Middle English Anthology Berlin West, 1958: 242 (4 st. only).
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 106-7.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 54-6.
Gray, Douglas, ed. A Selection of Religious Lyrics. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1975: 83.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 62-3.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 154-6.
Burrow, John. English Verse 1300-1500. London and NY: Longman, 1971: 28.