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DIMEV 5566
IMEV 3527
NIMEV TM 1626
There is a blossom sprung of a thorn
An Epiphany carol — nine quatrains (aaab) with refrain, ‘Deo Patri sit gloria’ and burden: ‘Alleluya alleluia / Deo Patri sit gloria
Note: For a variant see 4333.
Subjects: carols, Epiphany
Versification: — four-line — aaab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4662
First Lines:
Ther ys a blossum sprong of a thorn
To saue mankynd þat was forlorne…
Last Lines:
…Þat this was Ihesu full of myght
Deo patri sit gloria
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Englische Weihnachtslieder aus einter Handschrift des Balliol College zu Oxford.” Forschungen zur deutschen Philologie. Festgabe für Rudolf Hildebrands. Leipzig: Deit, 1894: 52-84: 67.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 239-40.
Dyboski, R., ed. Songs, Carols and Other Miscellaneous Poems from Balliol MS. 354, Richard Hill’s Commonplace Book. EETS e.s. 101 (1908); repr. 1984: 12-13.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 79; 1977, 68-9.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 86.