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DIMEV 5684
IMEV 3597
NIMEV 3597
This ender night / I saw a sight / All in my sleep
A cradle song of the Virgin Mary — in 18-line stanzas, with 7-line burden: ‘A my dere a my dere son / Seyd Mary a my dere / [lines repeated] / Kys thy moder Jhesu / Kys thi moder Jhesu / With a lawghyng chere’
Subjects: carols, lullaby; dialogues, Virgin and Christ
Versification: — eighteen-line — aabccbddeffegghiih



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Harley 2380, ff. 70v-71
First Lines:
This endres nyght
About mydnyght
As I me lay for to sclepe…
Last Lines:
…He sayd ba bay
Sco sayd lullay
The virgin fresch as ros in m[ay]
Note: Eleven stanzas of 9 or 10 lines each, rhyming aabccb + ddd (repeated each stanza as a refrain); burden lacking.
Attributed Title: an old songe (in a later hand)
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 99-101; 1977, 89-90.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 4-7.
2.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5465 [the Fairfax manuscript], ff. 50v-53
First Lines:
This endurs nyght
I sawe a syght
All in my slepe…
Last Lines:
…Man to restore
Naylid ful sore
Vppon a tre
Note: Eighteen line stanzas.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 99-101; 1977, 88-9.
Sandys, William, ed. Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern. London: Richard Beckley, 1833: 11.
Bullen, Arthur Henry. Carols and Poems from the fifteenth century to the present time. London, 1866, repr. as Songs and Carols. London: John C. Nimmo, 1885 London: John C. Nimmo, 1885: 21-2.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder des Fairfax MS (Add. 5465 Brit. Mus.).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 48-70: 60.
Pearce, Charles William. A Collection of Songs and Madrigals by English Composers of the close of the 15th Century. Plainsong and Medieval Music Society. London: Quaritch, 1891: No. 5.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 157-8.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 62-3.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 72-4.
Stevens, John, ed. Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court. London: Methuen, 1961: 366-7.
Stevens, John, ed. Early Tudor Songs and Carols. Musica Britannica 36. London: Stainer and Bell, 1975: 78.