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O sisters two
The Coventry Carol — three 6-line stanzas (aabccb) with burden: ‘Lully lulla þow littell tine child / By by lully lullay thow littell tyne child / By by lullay lullay’, occurring in the Coventry Pageant of Shearmen and Tailors
Note: See 5483.
Subjects: carols, of the Innocents; Holy Innocents
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Coventry, MS formerly owned by Thomas Sharp (burned in 1879)
First Lines:
O sisters too
How may we do
For to preserve this day…
Last Lines:
…For thi parting
Nether say nor singe
By by lully lullay
Editions:
Sharp, Thomas. A Dissertation on the Pageants…performed at Coventry. Coventry: Merridew, 1825: 114, 116-17 (from a copy by Thomas Mawdycke, 1591, from a transcript by Robert Croo, 1534; both texts now destroyed).
Craig, Hardin, ed. Two Coventry Corpus Christi Plays. EETS e.s. 87 (1902; 2nd ed. 1957); repr. 1967: 32.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. Ludus Coventriae. London: for the Shakespeare Society, 1841: (The source for the Halliwell text was the Cotton Manuscript of 1468; destroyed in fire.).
Bramley, Henry Ramsden, and John Stainer, eds. Christmas Carols Old and New. London: Novello, 1884: no. 61.
Pollard, Alfred William. Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse. A Volume of Arber’s ‘English Garner’…. Westminster and New York: Dutton, 1903: 272.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 76-7.
Dearmer, Percy, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Martin Shaw. The Oxford Book of Carols. London: Oxford UP, 1928: 44.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 71; 1977, 59-60.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 74.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 292-3.
Gray, Douglas, ed. A Selection of Religious Lyrics. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1975: 14.