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Thou dearest disciple of Jesu Christ
An orison to St. John the Evangelist — five quatrains (aaab) with Latin caudae and burden: ‘Pray for vs to the trinite / Johannes christi care
Note: Cf. 3909
Subjects: carols, of saints; John the Evangelist, saint
Versification: — four-line — aaab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, pp. 4783-479
First Lines:
Thow dereste disciple of Ihesu Criste
Most best belovid & beste be triste…
Last Lines:
…But pray we þat we may be thedder browght
Wher Riches ys everlastyngly
Þat we may stond siker beffore Cristis face
Cum venerit iudicare
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. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 258-9.
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: 35-6.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 68; 1977, 57.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 126-7.