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DIMEV 4337
IMEV 2733
NIMEV 2733
Out of your sleep arise and wake
A Christmas carol — six five-line stanzas (aaabb) with ‘Nowel’ refrain and burden (b):‘Nowel nowel nowel nowel nowel nowel’
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), f. 14v
First Lines:
Owt of ȝour slepe aryse & wake
ffor god mankynd nowe hath y take…
Last Lines:
…And in thy courte to haue a place
þat we mow there synge nowel
Nowel
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: No. lx.
Blume, Friederich, ed. Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. 17 vols. Kessel and Basel: Bärenreiter-Verlag, 1949-86: 2.857-8.
Editions:
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: 2.122.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 96-7.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 115.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 21-2; 1977, 16-17.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 18.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 165-6.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 64.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 195-6.
Oliver, Raymond. Poems Without Names: The English Lyric 1200-1500. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1970: 115-16.
Gray, Douglas, ed. A Selection of Religious Lyrics. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1975: 7.
Gray, Douglas. The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985: 163-4.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.1.11, f. 32
First Lines:
Owt of your slepe arise & wake
for god mankynd now hath take…
Last Lines:
…To wynne the Ioye of paradyse
And be with oure ladye emperesse of hell
Note: Stanzas 1, 4, 2, with notation.
Editions:
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 114.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 18.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 17.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ll.1.11, f. 33v
First Lines:
[ ] awayk
[ ] now hath t[ ]
[ ] with out any make
[ ] she bereth þe bell…;
Last Lines:
…[ ] the ioy of paradyse
[ ] our lady Emperes of hell
Note: Twelve lines of verse from which beginnings of lines cropped and left margin partly lost due to dirt, fading, and stains. Second copy in MS, here without notation; note bottom f. 33, instructions for a dance, with heading ‘The Howse of þe howse or þe ould may’.