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Man be merry I thee rede
A Nativity carol — three quatrains (abab) and 4-line burden: ‘Man be joyfull & myrth þou make / For crist ys made man for thy sake’ (repeated)
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 11v-12
First Lines:
Man be mery I the rede
But be whar what merthis þou make…
Last Lines:
…And he will sette the wonder hye
For he ys made man for thy sake
Attributed Title: In die natiuitatis (f. 11v)
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 55-6.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 267.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 54; 1977, 45.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 209-10.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 69.