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O David thou noble key
A song based on the antiphon ‘O clavis Dauid’, etc. — three 5-line stanzas (abaab, lines 3 & 4 identical) and a 7-line Latin burden: O clavis dauid inclita / Dans viam in portis / [1 & 2 repeated] / Educ nos de carcere [repeated] / Et de vmbra mortis
Subjects: songs; Advent
Versification: — five-line — abaab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, f. 20v
First Lines:
O dauid þow nobell key
Cepter of þe howse of israell…
Last Lines:
…For that thou losest no many may bynde
And þat þu losest may no man bynde
Attributed Author: Smert (f. 20v); Troulouffe Jhon (f. 21v); Smert Ric9 (f. 21v)
Attributed Title: In die natiuitatis (f. 20v)
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 268-9.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 3; 1977, 1.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 78.