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That lord that lay in an ass stall
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab) with ‘Qui natus fuit hodie’ refrain and burden: ‘Iblessid be þat lord in mageste / Qui natus fuit hodie
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab
Macaronic: Lain



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), f. 28v
First Lines:
That lord þat lay in asse stalle
cam to dye for vs Alle
to mak vs fre þat erst were þralle
qui natus fuit hodie
Last Lines:
…But for man kynde to dye endynge
Qui natus fuit hodie
Note: Stanza 1 repeated.
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. lxxxviii.
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: 2.158-9.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 112-13.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 23-4; 1977, 18-19.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 118.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 29.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 34.