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This night there is a child born
A Christmas carol — four quatrains (aaab) with refrain, ‘Verbum caro factum est’ and burden: ‘All this tyme this songe is best / Verbum caro factum est
Note: A variant of 93.
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4842
First Lines:
This nyght ther is a child born
That sprange owt of Iessis thorn…
Last Lines:
…& pray we to the trynyte
Owr helpe owr socowr for to be
Verbum caro factum est
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Englische Weihnachtslieder aus einter Handschrift des Balliol College zu Oxford.” Forschungen zur deutschen Philologie. Festgabe für Rudolf Hildebrands. Leipzig: Deit, 1894: 52-84: 82.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 268-9.
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: 49.
Pollard, Alfred William. Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse. A Volume of Arber’s ‘English Garner’…. Westminster and New York: Dutton, 1903: 95.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 24-5; 1977, 19.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 43-4.