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Til home shall Willikin this joly gentle sheep
Willikin’s Return, a political carol in support of Henry VI — four 3-line stanzas (aab) with refrain, ‘Therfore let vs all syng nowell’ and burden: ‘Nowell nowell nowell nowell / & cryst saue mery Y[n]glon[d] & sped yt well’
Subjects: carols, political; Henry VI
Versification: — three-line — aab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 19046, f. 74
First Lines:
Tyll hame sull wy lekyn þis joly jentyl schepe
All to haure combely kyng hary þis cnat ys knyt…
Last Lines:
…All to my lorde fueryn þat neuer dyd fayle
Þerfore let vs all syng nowell
Attributed Author: fy amen quod Jonys (at end)
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 292; 1977, 260.
Robbins, Rossell Hope, ed. Historical Poems of the XIV and XV Centuries. New York: Columbia UP, 1959: 198-9.