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The first day of yule han we in mind
A Christmas carol — eight quatrains (aaab) and 3-line burden: ‘Make we myrth / For crystes byrth / & syng we yole tyl candelmes’
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 22-22v
First Lines:
þe fyrst day of ȝole haue we in mynd
How god was man born of owr kynd…
Last Lines:
…To shew hyr clen þat neue was fylyd
& therwith endyth crystmes
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 24-5.
Husk, William Henry. Songs of the Nativity. London, 1867: 8.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 223-4.
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: xxx-xxxi.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 7-8; 1977, 4-5.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 56.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 167-8.
2.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, ff. 33v-34
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 7-8.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 17-18.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 98-9.