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DIMEV 4260
On Christmas day in the morn
The life of Christ, a lullaby carol — nine quatrains (aaab) with refrain, ‘Sweet Jesus is his name’ and four-line burden (cccb): ‘This babe was born I wis / To be the king of bliss / Our Saviour as he is / Sweet Iesus is his name’
Note: For another version, see 21.
Subjects: carols, lullaby
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce Addit. 137, f. 23
First Lines:
On Cristmas day in the morn
Our Saviour he was born…
Last Lines:
…And asceuded up to Heaven
Sweet Iesus is his name
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 86.