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Of Mary Christ was bore
A Nativity carol — three quatrains (aaab) and 4-line burden: ‘Haue mercy of me kyng of blisse / As muche as thy mercy ys’ (repeated)
Author(s): Richard Smert
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 17v-18
First Lines:
Of mary criste was bore
Wiþowte wem of aney hore…
Last Lines:
…To his blysse euerlastyng
Kyng off all kynges
Attributed Author: ‘Smert hared de Plymptre’
Attributed Title: In die natiuitatis
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.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 55-6.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 56; 1977, 47.
Buck, Percy Carter, ed. The Oxford History of Music rev. ed. 7 vols. London: Oxford UP, 1929-38: 2.340.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 75.