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DIMEV 5729.2
IMEV 3627
NIMEV 3627
This lovely lady sat and sang
Dialogue between the Virgin Mary and her Child — seven l0-line stanzas (ababccdeed) including refrain, ‘To syng by by lully lulley’ plus 7-line burden (aaabccb): ‘This enders nyght / I sawe a sight / A sterre as bryght / As any day / & euer a monge / A maydyn songe / Lylley by by lully lulley’
Subjects: carols, lullaby; dialogues, Virgin and Christ
Versification: — ten-line stanza — ababccdeed



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 17v-18v
First Lines:
þat lovely lady sat & song
& to hyr chyld sayd…
Last Lines:
…& I shal syng
lullay by by lulay
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 12-14.
Hotten, John Camden, (alias Joshua Sylvester). A Garland of Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern. London, 1861 [listed as “Sylvester” in IMEV]: 5-8.
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: 15-18.
Husk, William Henry. Songs of the Nativity. London, 1867: 13.
Julian, John. A Dictionary of Hymnology…. London: J. Murray, 1908; 2nd ed. London, 1925: 209.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 121-3.
Budd, Eric Partridge, ed. A Book of Lullabies 1300-1900. London: Scholartis Press, 1930: 34.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 106-10; 1977, 96.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 466-9.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 4732-474
First Lines:
A lovely lady sat & songe
& to her son thus gan she say…
Last Lines:
…& I shall syng
Lylley by by lully lulley
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 106-10; 1977, 96-7.
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: 25-6, 175-6.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 119-20.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 250-1.
Bramley, Henry Ramsden, and John Stainer, eds. Christmas Carols Old and New. London: Novello, 1884: no. xxv.
Cecil, Lord David. The Oxford Book of Christian Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1940: 5.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, and Emmeline Paxton, eds. Some Minor Poems of the Middle Ages. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1917: 44-7.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 68-71 (6 stanzas).
3.Source: London, British Library Royal Appendix 58, ff. 52v-54v
First Lines:
Thys vyrgyn clere wythowtyn pere
Vnto hur son gan say…
Last Lines:
…Yow for to please
Let them nott sesse
To syng baby lullay
Note: 6 stanzas, showing much variation.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 106-10; 1977, 97-8.
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: 25-6, 175-6.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 119-21.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts, Besonders aus der Zeit Heinrichs VIII.” Anglia 12 (1889): 225-72, 585-97: 270-2.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 19.3.1, ff. 210v-211v
First Lines:
This louely lady sete & song
And tyll hur chyld con say…
Last Lines:
…To heuen blysse grawnt hit vs
And syng by by lulley
Facsimiles:
Hardman, Phillipa. The Heege Manuscript: A Facsimile of National Library of Scotland MS Advocates 19.3.1. Leeds Texts and Monographs, n.s. 16. Leeds: School of English, 2000.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 106-10; 1977, 95.
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: 25-6, 175-6.
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 2.76-7.
Brandl, Alois Leonhard. Mittelenglische Sprach- und Literatureproben. 2nd ed. Berlin, 1917; repr. as Middle English Literature New York: Chelsea, 1949: 114.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 99; comp. text.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 59-62 (8 stanzas).