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This holy time our Lord was born
A Nativity carol — one quatrain (aaab) and burden: ‘Now euery man at my request / Be glad & mery all in this fest’
Note: For a variant see 2640.
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Rawlinson C.506 (SC 15353), f. 31v
Transcription:
This holy tym oure lord was born
To saue man kynd þat was for lorn
As sayd prophetes her beforn
Therfor be glad all in þis fest
Editions:
Macray, William D. Catalogi Codicum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae…Pars V, Ricardi Rawlinson Codicum classes [A-D]…complectens. 5 vols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1862-1900: 5.Fasc.2.266.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 11; 1977, 8.