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IMEV 2618
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Of all thy friends She is the flower
A song in praise of the Virgin Mary — six quatrains (aaab) with refrain, ‘Asay, asay’ and burden: ‘Man asay say say / Make thi mone to mary þat mild m[ay]’
Subjects: carols, to Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, carols to
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 33-33v
First Lines:
Of all þi frendes sche is þe flowr
sche wyll þe bryng to þi honowr…
Last Lines:
…Ther mary lady & qwen is
asay say
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 49-50.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 137; 1977, 121.