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Now for to sing I hold it best
James Ryman, a Christmas carol — six quatrains (abab) and burden: ‘Nowe lete us syng and mery be / ffor crist oure kyng haþe made us fre’
Author(s): James Ryman
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.12, ff. 85v-86
First Lines:
Now forto syng I holde it best
And lete alle care and sorowe goo…
Last Lines:
…Lete us alle make myrþe & solace
And lete us thanke oure lorde of thys
Note: Does not have Ryman’s name attached to it in this MS.
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, ed. “Die Gedichte des Franziskaners Jacob Ryman.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 89 (1892): 167-338: 292-3.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 35; 1977, 28-9.