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Oft hath this song been put in ure
John Redford, a song with varying refrains for use at Christmas and Easter — twenty-two 6-line stanzas (aaaabb) including a ‘Merie’ refrain and a 7-line heading: ‘Now will you be merye / And can you be merye’
Note: Cf. 5571 with similar burden.
Author(s): John Redford
Subjects: Christmastide; Easter
Versification: — six-line — aaaabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 15233, ff. 49v-52
First Lines:
Ofte hathe this songe bene put in vre
That hauest myrthe dothe vertew allure…
Last Lines:
…With myrth god grawnt vs euery man
That we may all be merye than
Attributed Author: Ihon Redford (f. 52)