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This blessed babe that thou hast born
A carol of the Passion — five six line stanzas (aaaabb) including refrain, ‘Mari moder cum and se / Thy swet son nayled on a tre’ plus burden (bb): ‘Mary moder cum and se / Thy swet son nayled on a tre’
Note: For the earliest version (in couplets) see 3326; for other versions in quatrains see 2029 and 3424.
Subjects: carols, of the Passion; Passion; dialogues, Virgin and Christ
Versification: — six-line — aaaabb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4671
First Lines:
Thys blessyd babe þat thou hast born
Hys blessyd body ys all to torne…
Last Lines:
…He toke hys deth with parfitt gud will
Mari moder cum and se
Thy swet son nayked on a tre
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. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 240-1.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 112.
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: 13-14.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 119; 1977, 107.
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 84-5.