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Now these fowls singeth and maketh their bliss
Exemplum de beata Virgine et gaudiis eius’, a song in praise of the Virgin Mary — six quatrains, some couplets and some monorhyming
Note: For a later version see 2281.
Title(s): Exemplum de beata Virgine et gaudiis eius
Subjects: songs; Virgin Mary, songs in honour of; translations
Versification: — four-line — aabb, aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.39 (323), f. 81v
First Lines:
Nu þis fules singet hand maket hure blisse
and þat gres up þringet and leued þe ris…
Last Lines:
…I hered ibe þe time þat such chid uas iboren
þat lesed al of þine þat arre was for lore
Attributed Title: Exemplum de beata Virgine et gaudiis eius (f. 81v)
Editions:
Greg, Walter Wilson. “‘I Sing of a Maiden that is Makeless’.” Modern Philolog 7 (1909-10): 165-7: 166-7.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 55.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 13-14.
Bennett, Jack Arthur Walter, and G. V. Smithers, eds. Early Middle English Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1966: 131-2.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 64-5; 191-2.