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This rose is railed on a rice
A macaronic song in praise of the Virgin Mary — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Off a rose synge we / Misterium mirabile
Subjects: carols, to Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, carols to
Versification: — four-line — aaab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), f. 9v
First Lines:
This rose is railed on a rys
he hath brouȝt þe prince of prys…
Last Lines:
…y borne was lorde of veritie
Saluator Sine crimine
Facsimiles:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: no. 1.
Editions:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.108.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 90-1.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 133; 1977, 118.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 11.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 13.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 68.