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Out of the blossom sprang a thorn
An Epiphany carol — twelve quatrains (aaab) with refrain element, ‘…his moder Marie’, burden lacking
Note: For a variant see 5566.
Subjects: carols, Epiphany
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, ff. 12-13v
First Lines:
Out of þe blosme sprang a þorn
Quan god hymself wold be born…
Last Lines:
…& let vs neuer be forlorn
Þat born was of marie
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 36-8.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des HS. Sloane 2593.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 109 (1902): 33-72: 52-3.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 80; 1977, 69.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 126-7.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 116-17.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 100-2.