The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
This maiden hight Mary she was full mild
The Lullaby of the Virgin Mary to her Child — four eight-line stanzas
(aabbcddc) and a four-line ‘Lullay’ burden: ‘Thys yonder nyȝth y
sawe a syȝte / A sterre as bryȝt as ony daye / And euer amonge a maidene songe
/ By by lully lullaye’
For a similar burden see 5729.2
Subjects: lullabies; Virgin Mary, lullay songs of; dialogues, Virgin and Christ
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 189 (SC 6777)
, ff. 106v
Thys mayden hyȝth mary she was full mylde
she knelyde by fore
her oune dere chylde …
…þhys payne þu put Away
And yf hyt possybyll be
Brown, Carleton Fairchild,
Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century.
Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 7-8.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds.
Middle English Lyrics.
New York: Norton, 1974: 192-3.