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Our king went forth to Normandy
The Agincourt Carol — six 5-line stanzas (aaaab) including refrain: ‘Deo gracias’, and burden (cc): ‘Deo gracias Anglia / Redde pro victoria
Title(s): The Agincourt Carol
Subjects: carols, political; France, expedition to (1415)
Versification: — five-line — aaaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), ff. 17v-18
First Lines:
Owre kynge went forth to Normandy
With grace & myȝt of chyualry…
Last Lines:
…Tyl he come to agincourt coste
Deo gracias
Note: A transcript is Cambridge UK, Magdalene College Pepys 2505 (a loose leaf).
Facsimiles:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: nos.lxvi, lxvii.
Hecht, Hans, and Llevin Ludwig Schucking. Die englische Literatur in Mittelalter. Potsdam: Akademische Verlagts-gesselschaft Atheraion, 1927: (facing) 144.
Greenberg, Noah. An English Songbook. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1961: 61-2.
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 101-2.
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.128-9.
Rimbault, Edward Francis. The Ancient Vocal Music of England. London: Novello, 1847: No. 19.
Smith, John Stafford. A Collection of English Songs, composed about the year 1500. London: Bland, 1779: 9.
Burney, Charles. A General History of Music…. London: T. Beckett, J. Robson, and G. Robinson, 1782: 2.384-7.
Sidgwick, Frank. Ballads and Poems Illustrating English History. Cambridge: at the UP, 1907: 45; 1977, 257-8; 289.
Chapell, William. Popular Music of the Olden Time; a collection of ancient songs, ballads, and dance tunes, illustrative of the national music of England. 2 vols. London: Cramer, Beale & Chappell, 1853,1859; rev. H. Ellis Wooldridge, Old English Popular Music 2 vols. London: Chappell & Co. 1893: 1.25-9.
Du Méril, Edélestand. Poésies Populaires Latines antéerieures au douzième siècle. Paris: Brockhaus et Avenarius, 1843: 101.
Buck, Percy Carter, ed. The Oxford History of Music rev. ed. 7 vols. London: Oxford UP, 1929-38: 2.7-9.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 91-2.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 156.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 168-9.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 94-5.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 381-2.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 257-8.
Percy, Thomas. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. 3 vols. London: J. Dodsley, 1765, and subsequent editions: transcript ed., 4, no. 5.
Nicolas, Nicholas Harris. History of the Battle of Agincourt…. 3rd ed. London: Johnson, 1833.
Rimbault, Edward Francis. Musical Illustrations of Bishop Percy’s Reliques of Ancient English Poetry. London: Cramer, Beale, 1850: 18, 60.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.3.58 (1230), a roll, item 7
First Lines:
Our kyng went forth to normundy
Wyth grace & myth of chyualry…
Last Lines:
…And ȝeue hem grace withoutyn endyng
Þan may we calle & sauely syng
Deo gracias
Note: Stanzas 1, 2, 4-6.
Facsimiles:
Fuller-Maitland, John Alexander, and William Smyth Rockstro. English Carols of the Fifteenth Century. London: Leadenhall Press; New York: Scribner’s, 1891: frontis.
Editions:
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 101-2.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 6.
Fuller-Maitland, John Alexander, and William Smyth Rockstro. English Carols of the Fifteenth Century. London: Leadenhall Press; New York: Scribner’s, 1891: 15.