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DIMEV 475
IMEV 283
NIMEV 283
An angel that was fair and bright
James Ryman (?), A carol of the Annunciation — nine quatrains (aaab) and two-line burden (bb): ‘Heyle mary meyden meke and mylde / Thou shalte conceyue and bere a chylde’
Note: For a variant of this song see 473.
Author(s): James Ryman (?)
Subjects: Virgin Mary, Annunciation to; carols, Annunciation
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aa, aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.12, ff. 82-83
First Lines:
An angelle thatte was fayre and bryght
Came to Mary with fulle grete lyght…
Last Lines:
…And by the grace of god almyght
She conceyuyd and bore a chylde
Attributed Author: Not attributed to Ryman in MS.
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, ed. “Die Gedichte des Franziskaners Jacob Ryman.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 89 (1892): 167-338: 288-9.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 179-80; 1977, 158-9.