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Out of the chaff was pured this corn
A song in honour of St. Thomas of Canterbury — two 6-line stanzas (aaabbb) with 3-line ‘O martir Thoma’ refrain and 4-line burden: ‘Clangat tuba martir th[o]m[a] / Vt liberet sic cristi vinea’ (repeated)
Subjects: carols, to saints; Thomas of Canterbury, saint
Versification: — six-line — aaabbb
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 41v-42
First Lines:
Oute of þe chaffe was pured þis corne
& else þe cherch had ben forlorne…
Last Lines:
…To whom we syng deuotely
O martir th[o]m[a]
Attributed Title: Sancto Th[ome] (f. 41v)
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 275.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 74; 1977, 62.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 98.