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The most worthy she is in town
In Praise of Ivy — four quatrains (abab) with ‘Veni coronaberis’ refrain and burden: ‘Ivy chefe off treis it is / Veni coronaberis
Subjects: carols, holly and ivy
Versification: — four-line — abab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), f. 54
First Lines:
The most worthye she is in towne
He þat seyth oþer do a mysse…
Last Lines:
…fore there shall we nothyng lack
veni coronaberis
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 85.
Husk, William Henry. Songs of the Nativity. London, 1867: 130.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 236.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 95; 1977, 83.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 228.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 480-1.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 137-8.