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Mankind was shent and ay forlore
A song of the Nativity, by James Ryman — six quatrains (aaab) with ‘In clennes and in charite’ refrain and burden: ‘To criste singe we singe we singe we / In clennes and in charite’
Author(s): James Ryman
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.12, f. 40
First Lines:
Mankynde was shent and ay forlor
ffor synne that Adam did before…
Last Lines:
…ffro mortalle dethe mankyende to shilde
in clennes and in charite
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, ed. “Die Gedichte des Franziskaners Jacob Ryman.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 89 (1892): 167-338: 297.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 53-4; 1977, 44-5.