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Thou holy daughter of Sion
A carol to the Virgin Mary — seven quatrains (abab) and burden (cc): ‘Nouus sol de virgine / Reluxit nobis hodie
Subjects: carols, to Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, carols to
Versification: — four-line — abab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), f. 25v
First Lines:
Thow holy douȝter of Syon
princesse of hierusalem…
Last Lines:
…The fadres wysdom to enclose
þu were the temple & tour also
Note: Seven stanzas.
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. lxxxii.
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: 2.151-2.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 109-10.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 140-1; 1977, 124-5.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 17.
2.Source: London, British Library Egerton 3307, f. 53
First Lines:
The holy doghter of syon
princes of iherusalem…
Last Lines:
…Be our help and our socour
Agaynis the venum serpentyn
Note: Eight stanzas.
Editions:
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 36.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 110.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 125.