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The Father of heaven his own Son he sent
A ‘Lullay’ carol of the Nativity — in 3-line stanzas (aab) including ‘So blyssid be the tyme’ refrain and burden: ‘A new yer a newe yer a chyld was iborn / Vs for to sauyn þat al was forlorn / So blyssid be the tyme’
Subjects: carols, lullaby
Versification: — three-line — aab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College S.54 (259), ff. 11-11v
First Lines:
fadyr of hewyn hys owyn son haue sen[ ]
[ ] for to clemyn
þis chyld was borne þis endyr nyth
vs for to saue with all is myth…
Last Lines:
…Benedicamus domino
so blyssyd be þe tyme
Note: 9 stanzas.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 102-3; 1977, 91-2.
James, Montague Rhodes, and G. C. Macaulay, eds. “Fifteenth Century Carols and Other Pieces.” Modern Language Review 8 (1913): 68-87: 83.
2.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, f. 169
First Lines:
The fader of heuene his owyn sone he sent
His kyngdam for to clemyn
So blyssid be the tyme…
Last Lines:
…Blyssid be the moder the chyld also
With Benedicamus domino
So blyssid be the tyme
Note: 11 stanzas.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 102-3; 1977, 91.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 8-9.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 46-8.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 120-1.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 65-6.
Thomas, Ronald Stuart, ed. The Penguin Book of Religious Verse. Baltimore: Penguin, 1963: 43.