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IMEV 343
NIMEV TM 179
As I came walking by the way / I saw a sight seemly to see
A song of the Angels appearing to the Shepherds — four 8-line stanzas (ababbcbc) including a Latin refrain, ‘Veritas de terra orta est’ plus burden (cc): ‘Man move thy mynd and ioy this fest / Verytas de terra orta est
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 179.
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — eight-line, two-line — ababbcbc, aa
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4841
First Lines:
As I cam by þe way
I sawe a sight semly to see…
Last Lines:
…Tyll they cam þer they wold not rest
To Iury & Ierusalem
Veritas de terra orta est
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. “Englische Weihnachtslieder aus einter Handschrift des Balliol College zu Oxford.” Forschungen zur deutschen Philologie. Festgabe für Rudolf Hildebrands. Leipzig: Deit, 1894: 52-84: 81.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 267-8.
Pollard, Alfred William. Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse. A Volume of Arber’s ‘English Garner’…. Westminster and New York: Dutton, 1903: 94-5.
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: 48.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 48; 1977, 40.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 102-3.