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The name of Johan well prays I may
Carol to St. John the Baptist — five 8-line stanzas (ababcdcd) with refrain, ‘It is a name of pryce’ and 4-line burden: ‘If thou be johan I tell it the / Ryght with a good aduyce / Thou may be glad johan to be / It is a name of pryce’
Subjects: carols, to saints; John the Baptist, saint; saints, hymns to
Versification: — eight-line — ababcdcd



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5204.5. Christmas Carolles, [R. Copland f.] R. Kele, [1545?] , ff. 3-4
First Lines:
The name of Iohn wel prays I may
It is full good y wys…
Last Lines:
…He is well worthy Iohan to be
It is a name of price
Note: Huntington Library shelfmark R. B. 56461.
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 23-5.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 69; 1977, 57-8.