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This child is was and ay shall be
James Ryman, a Nativity carol — ten 3-line stanzas (aab) with refrain (b), ‘There is a childe a heuenly childe’ and burden (bb): ‘Ther is a chielde a heuenly childe / Iborne this nyght of Marie myelde’
Author(s): James Ryman
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — three-line — aab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.12, ff. 43-43v
First Lines:
This chelde is was & ay shall be
One in godhede in persones thre…
Last Lines:
…Whenne he shalle comme and Iugement make
To blis with hym this chielde vs take
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, ed. “Die Gedichte des Franziskaners Jacob Ryman.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 89 (1892): 167-338: 210-11.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 34; 1977, 27-8.