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Tidings true there become new
A song of the Annunciation — 4 stanzas, 1st and last with 6 lines (abbccc and abcbdd), middle two with 8 lines (abcbdbeb) plus burden (ff): ‘Newell newell newell newell / This ys þe salutacion of Gabryell’
Subjects: carols, Annunciation
Versification: — six-line, eight-line — abbccc, abcbdd, abcbdbeb
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), f. 41v
First Lines:
Tydynges trew þer be cum new sent frome þe trinite
Be gabriel to nazaret cite off galile…
Note: Burden and stanza 1 only; musical notation.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 62.
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 51v-52v
First Lines:
Tydynges trew þer be cum new sent frome þe trinite
Be gabriel to nazaret cite off galile…
Last Lines:
…Ecce sum humilima ancilla domini
Secundum verbum tuum she seid fiat mihi
Note: 7 quatrains aaaa.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 79-81.
Chapell, William. Popular Music of the Olden Time; a collection of ancient songs, ballads, and dance tunes, illustrative of the national music of England. 2 vols. London: Cramer, Beale & Chappell, 1853,1859; rev. H. Ellis Wooldridge, Old English Popular Music 2 vols. London, 1893: 1.30.
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: 2.183.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 171-2; 1977, 152.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 110.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 113.
3.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4802
First Lines:
Tydyngis trewe ther be com newe
Sent from the trynyte…
Last Lines:
…Ecce sum humilima ancilla domini
Secundum verbum tuum fiat michi
Explicit
Note: Burden and stanzas 1-3, 7.
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: 78.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 261-2.
Pollard, Alfred William. Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse. A Volume of Arber’s ‘English Garner’…. Westminster and New York: Dutton, 1903: 93-9.
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: 39-40.
Smith, Lucy Toulmin, ed. A Commonplace Book of the Fifteenth Century. Norwich: Kerrison, Goose, 1886: 122.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 35-6.
4.Source: New Haven, Yale University, Beinecke Library 365 [olim Ipswich County Hall deposit, Hillwood; prior Brome Hall, Suffolk], f. 79v
First Lines:
Tydyngis trew þer be cum new
sent ffrome þe Trynyte…
Last Lines:
…Ecce sum humilima ancilla domini
Secundum tuum verbum ffiat mychi
Note: Burden and stanzas 1, 2, 4-7.
Editions:
Smith, Lucy Toulmin, ed. A Commonplace Book of the Fifteenth Century. Norwich: Kerrison, Goose, 1886: 122.