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DIMEV 5953
IMEV 3737
NIMEV TM 3736
Tidings true told there is true
A Christmas carol — two quatrains (abba) with refrain, ‘Blessed be Jhesu’ and 4-line burden: ‘Tydynges trew ther buthe come newe / Blessed be Jhesu’ (repeated)
Note: Cf. 6497.
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — abba



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 33v-34
First Lines:
Tydynges trew tolde ther ys trewe
Jesu to be born of a mayde…
Last Lines:
…To all þat leuen aryghth
Blessed be Jhesu
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 272.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 36; 1977, 29-30.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 91.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 39.