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This bread giveth eternal life
James Ryman, a song of the Eucharist — six quatrains (aaab) with refrain, ‘Ete it so ye be no dede’ and burden: ‘Ete ye this brede ete ye this brede / And ete it so ye be not dede’
Note: Stanza 2 = 2754.
Author(s): James Ryman
Subjects: Eucharist; carols, of the Eucharist
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.12, ff. 49v-50
First Lines:
This brede geveth eternall lyfe
Bothe vnto manne to chielde & wyfe…
Last Lines:
…God graunte vs grace to dwell therin
Ete ye it so ye be not dede
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, ed. “Die Gedichte des Franziskaners Jacob Ryman.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 89 (1892): 167-338: 221-2.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 219-20; 1977, 194.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 126.