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So blessed a sight it was to see
Dialogue between the Virgin Mary and her Child — eight quatrains aaab and six-line last stanza ababaa with refrain, ‘Myn own dere moder syng lulley’ and burden: ‘Lulley Jhesu lulley lulley / Myn own dere moder syng lulley’
Subjects: carols, lullaby; dialogues, Virgin and Christ
Versification: — four-line, six-line — aaab, ababaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4731
First Lines:
So blessid a sight it was to see
How mary rokked her son so fre…
Last Lines:
…Þer ioye us withowt end ay
Myn own dere moder syng lulley
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 249.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 119.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 23-4.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 113-14; 1977, 102.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 74-6.