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The first day when Christ was born
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab) with refrain, ‘I thanke it a maydyn euery dyll’ and burden: ‘Nowel el el el el / I thank it a maydyn euery del’
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 29-29v
First Lines:
The fyrst day wan crist was borne
Ther sprong a ros owt of a þorne…
Last Lines:
…for us he sofered a dedly wondyn
I thanke it a maydyn euery dyll
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 42.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 140.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 28; 1977, 22-3.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 180-1.
Stevick, Robert D., ed. One Hundred Middle English Lyrics. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964: 144-5.