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Mary mother meek and mild
A macaronic song of the Five Joys — five quatrains (aaab) with Latin caudae and ‘Nowel’ burden: ‘Nowel el el el el el el el el el el / Mary was gret with gabriel’
Subjects: Virgin Mary, joys of; carols, Annunciation
Versification: — four-line — aaab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, f. 10
First Lines:
Mary moder meke & mylde
Fro schame & synne þat ye vs schyllde…
Last Lines:
…The aungele wern glad quan þou were come
In celi palacio
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 7-8.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 29.
Sandys, William, ed. Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern. London: Richard Beckley, 1833: 7.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 174; 1977, 154.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 13.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 114.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 48-9; 176-7.