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Now is Yule comen with gentle cheer
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab, same rhymes throughout) and burden: ‘Hay ay hay ay / Make we mere as we may’
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 14997, ff. 44v-45
First Lines:
Now ys ȝole comyn wiþ gentyll chere
Of merthe & gomyn he has no pere…
Last Lines:
…Let euery mon dyrynke to hys fere
Thys endes my caroll wiþ care away
Note: Dated 4 October 1500.
Attributed Title: In die dominica prima post festum sancti Michaelis arangeli anno regis henrici septimi post conquestum anglie sextodecimo illa res erat scripta primo (f. 45, in a different hand)
Editions:
Hammerle, Karl. “Die mittelenglische Hymnodie” Anglia 55 (1931): 412-30: 204.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 9; 1977, 5-6.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Secular Lyrics of the XIV and XV Centuries. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 1955: 3-4.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 57.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 166.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 513.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 116-17.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 136.