The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 4514
IMEV 2831.6
NIMEV Dunbar
Rorate celi desuper
William Dunbar, On the Nativity — seven aureate 8-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Et nobis puer natus est
Author(s): William Dunbar
Subjects: Christ, birth of
Versification: — eight-line — ababbcbc
Macaronic: Latin

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 1.1.6 [Bannatyne MS], ff. 27-27v
First Lines:
Rorate celi desuper
Hevins distill ȝour balmy schouris…
Last Lines:
…He þat is crownit aboue þe sky
Pro nobis puer natus est
Attributed Author: ffinis quod dumbar (f. 27v)
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