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On Christs day I understand
A song of Christ, an Ear of Wheat — five quatrains (aaab) and burden (bb): ‘A blessid byrd as I you say / Þat dyed & rose on good fryday’
Subjects: carols, of the Eucharist; Christ, attributes of
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4782
First Lines:
On Cristis day I vnderstond
An ere of whet of a mayd spronge…
Last Lines:
…& betyn till his body was blody rede
Thus they bett Ihesu owr det to pay
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 258.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 112-13.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 34-5.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 221; 1977, 195.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 186-7.
Comper, Frances M. M. Spiritual Songs from English Manuscripts of Fourteenth to Sixteenth Centuries. London and NY: Macmillan, 1936: 95.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 127.