SEARCH RECORDS
SEARCH MSS
PRINTED BOOKS
INSCRIPTIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
GLOSSARY
DIMEV HOME
The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
DIMEV 3424
IMEV 2111
NIMEV 2111
Mary mother come and see / Thy son is nailed on a tree
Song of the Passion — seven quatrains (aabb, aaaa) and burden: ‘Nowel el…’
Note: For an earlier version in couplets see 3326; for later stanzaic versions see 2029 and 5653, where this incipit serves as the burden.
Subjects: carols, of the Passion; Passion; dialogues, Virgin and Christ
Versification: — four-line — aabb, aaaa
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, ff. 23-23v
First Lines:
Mary moder cum & se
Thi sone is naylyd on a tre…
Last Lines:
…Ther is non wyght that goth be the way
Of myn peynys can wel say
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 82.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 10-11.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 65-6.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 118-19; 1977, 106.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 31042 [London Thornton Manuscript], f. 94v
First Lines:
Mare moder cum and se
Thin awne dere chyld is nalyd on tre…
Note: No burden; st. 1 and first line, st. 2, only.
Facsimiles:
Hodder, Karen. “Two Unpublished Middle English Carol-Fragments.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 205 (1969): 378-83: 380.
Editions:
Hodder, Karen. “Two Unpublished Middle English Carol-Fragments.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 205 (1969): 378-83: 3781.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 107.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5204.5. Christmas Carolles, [R. Copland f.] R. Kele, [1545?] , pp. 31-33
First Lines:
Mary moder come and se
Thy sone is nayled on a tre…
Last Lines:
…Graunt vs his realme celestyall
Amen amen for charyte
Note: 12 stanzas; burden differs: Gaudeamus synge we / In hoc sacro tempore / Puer nobis natus est / Ex Maria virgine.
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 49.
Editions:
Bliss, Philip, ed. Bibliographical Miscellanies. Oxford, 1815: 49.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 117, 118; 1977, 105.