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Mary flower of flowers all
A Christmas carol — seven quatrains (aaab) including refrain, ‘Puer natus est nobis’, plus burden: ‘Now syng we wyth joy and blys / Puer natus est nobis
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4631
First Lines:
Mary flowr of flowers all
Hath born a chyld in an ox stall…
Last Lines:
…Shryft & hosyll at owr endyng
Puer natus est nobis
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Englische Weihnachtslieder aus einter Handschrift des Balliol College zu Oxford.” Forschungen zur deutschen Philologie. Festgabe für Rudolf Hildebrands. Leipzig: Deit, 1894: 52-84: 63.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 116.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 234.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 8-9.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 30-1; 1977, 25.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 170-1.
Frost, Leslie, ed. Come Christmas. New York: Coward-McCann, 1935: 266.