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A ferly thing it is to mean
A Christmas carol — six 10-line stanzas with wheel rhyme, and burden: ‘Aye aye this is the day / That we shall worshep euer and eye’
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — ten-line, two-line — ababcccddd



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 18v-19v
First Lines:
A ferly thyng it is to mene
That a mayd a chyld haue borne…
Last Lines:
…Aye aye so þat we may
Wend with him at domys day
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 15-17.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 26; 1977, 20-1.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 469-72.