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O very life of sweetness and hope
A prayer to the Virgin Mary, paraphrasing the antiphon, ‘Salve regina’ (Anal. Hymn. L.318-19) — five 3-line stanzas with 2-line burden: ‘Salve regina mater misericordie / Uita dulcedo et spes nostra salue
Subjects: carols, to Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, carols to
Versification: — three-line — aaa



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5205. Christmas Carolles, [W. Middleton?, 1547?] , p. 44
Note: Possibly ends imperfectly.
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 62.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 155; 1977, 138.