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DIMEV 3763
IMEV 2333
NIMEV 2333
Now is Christmas I-come
An Epiphany carol — twelve 5-line stanzas (aaabb, lacks burden)
Note: For a closely related version see 3769.
Subjects: carols, Epiphany
Versification: — five-line stanzas — aaabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 541, ff. 214-214v
First Lines:
Now ys crystemas ycum
Fadyr and son togedyr in oon…
Last Lines:
…To the kynge of grete renown
Of grace-a
In hevyn to have a place-a
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 23-5.
Edmond, J. P., ed. “An Ancient Christmas Carol.” Notes and Queries 6th ser., 6 (1882): 506-7: 505 (text from Lumley (1841)).
Sandys, William. Christmastide its history, festivities, and carols. London: John Russell Smith, 1852: 220.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Weitere Beiträge zur englischen Lyric des 15 und 16 Jahrhunderts.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 107 (1901): 48-61: 55-6.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 85-6; 1977, 75-6.
Husk, William Henry. Songs of the Nativity. London, 1867: 179.
Bullen, Arthur Henry. Carols and Poems from the fifteenth century to the present time. London, 1866, repr. as Songs and Carols. London: John C. Nimmo, 1885 London: John C. Nimmo, 1885: 250-1.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 110-12.