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Mankind I call which lyeth in frail
Christ’s Call to Mankind — seven 4-line stanzas (abcb) and 6-line burden: ‘Com home agayne / Com home agayne / Min owine swet hart com home agayne / Ye are gone astray / Owt of youer way / There[fore] com h[o]me agayne’
Note: Var. burden in London, British Library Royal Appendix 58, f. 8v; cf. 5066.
Subjects: Christ, appeal of, to man; carols, of Christ’s pleading
Versification: — four-line — abcb, internal



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Royal 17 B.XLIII, ff. 184-184v
First Lines:
Mankend I cale wich lyith in frale
for loue I nad The fre…
Last Lines:
…Bot i am he that shall los the
from satan the phinnes bonde
Note: Lacks lines 11-12. Written as prose.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 192-3; 1977, 170.
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs from the Time of King Henry the Third to the Revolution. London, 1790. Further editions as Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: lxviii.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 118.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 256-7.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 119-20.