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This babe to us that now is born
A Christmas carol — five six-line stanzas (ababcc) with three-line refrain, ‘And thus it is / forsothe iwys / He askyth nouth but that is hys’ and burden: ‘Now may we syngyn as it is / Quod puer natus est nobis
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — six-line — ababcc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4761
First Lines:
This babe to vs now is born
Wonderful werkis he hath wrowght…
Last Lines:
…And thus it is for soth ywys
He asketh no thynge but þat is his
Explicit
Note: Four stanzas only.
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
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: 30.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 13-14; 1977, 10.
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: 76.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 254-5.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 116.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 43.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.3.58 (1230), a roll, item 4
First Lines:
This babe to vs þat now is bore
Wundyrful werkys he hath i wrotht…
Last Lines:
…Thy mercy may al woo make fle
And daungerous dreed fro vs do sterte
Editions:
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: 177.
Fuller-Maitland, John Alexander, and William Smyth Rockstro. English Carols of the Fifteenth Century. London: Leadenhall Press; New York: Scribner’s, 1891: 9.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 13-14; 1977, 9-10.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 169-70.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 4.