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Then all your doings should here in earth
Verses on Following Christ’s Word — six quatrains (aabb) and burden (cc): ‘Be mery all with one accorde / And be ye folowers of crystes worde’
Subjects: carols, of religious counsel
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.7.31 (1359), ff. 203v-204
First Lines:
Then all your doyngs shold hertin erthe
present the facte of crystis bearth…
Last Lines:
…for s[ ] increseth and enui is bold
when cherite is skantye and waxethe colde
Note: Closing burden: ‘Therfore be mery with one accorde / And be ye dores of chrystes worde’.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 254-5; 1977, 225-6.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.7.31 (1359), f. 204v
First Lines:
I wold our lyfe now coulde be syche
he was full poure to make vs ryche…
Last Lines:
…for we be faire fane from this deegre
for how we lyue all men may see
Note: Repeats burden, stanza 1, two new stanzas, beginning of 4.