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IMEV 2339
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Now is the twelfth day I-come
An Epiphany carol — seventeen 5-line stanzas (aaabb), and burden: ‘Reges de saba venient / Aurum tus myrram offerent
Note: For a closely-related version see 3763.
Subjects: carols, Epiphany; five-line
Versification: — aaabb
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 31v-32
First Lines:
Now ys þe thwelthe day cum
þe fadyr & þe son to geder is won…
Last Lines:
…& of owre synnys we ask remyssion
& grace
in heune to haue a place
Note: 14 stanzas.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 46-8.
Hotten, John Camden, (alias Joshua Sylvester). A Garland of Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern. London, 1861 [listed as “Sylvester” in IMEV]: 9.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College S.54 (259), ff. 7v-9
First Lines:
Now ys þe xii day com
fadyr & son to gydyr wone…
Last Lines:
…home þei cum þat nyȝht
full ryȝht
Note: Fourteen stanzas of four lines plus bob, aaabb; lacks burden.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 82-4; 1977, 73-4.
James, Montague Rhodes, and G. C. Macaulay, eds. “Fifteenth Century Carols and Other Pieces.” Modern Language Review 8 (1913): 68-87: 77-9.
3.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, ff. 17-18v
First Lines:
Now is the twelthe day icome
The fader & sone togeder arn nome…
Last Lines:
…Bryng vs to the blysse þat is so fre
In fere
& send vs a good newe yere
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 82-4; 1977, 72-3.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 49-53.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 33-72: 56-8.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 112-15.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 87.