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IMEV 3776
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To thee now Christs dear darling
Hymn to St. John the Evangelist — four quatrains (abac) including refrain, ‘Amice Christi Iohannes’, plus burden(dc): ‘Pray for vs to the prince of peace / Amice Crysty Iohannes
Note: Cf. 3909.
Subjects: carols, to saints; John the evangelist, saint
Versification: — four-line — abac
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), f. 40
First Lines:
To þe now crystys der derlyng
þat was a mayd bothe ald & ȝyng…
Last Lines:
…Go help þat we be nott for sake
amici cristi Iohannes
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 60.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 79.
2.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4651
First Lines:
To crystis own derlyng
The whyche was mayd both old & yong…
Last Lines:
…Pray we to hym þat he vs not for sake
Amice Christi Iohannes
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
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: 172.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 237.
Segar, Mary Gertrude, ed. A Mediaeval Anthology. London, NY: Longmans, Green, 1915: 103.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 126.
3.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College O.3.58 (1230), Art. 12
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 66-7; 1977, 55.
Fuller-Maitland, John Alexander, and William Smyth Rockstro. English Carols of the Fifteenth Century. London: Leadenhall Press; New York: Scribner’s, 1891: 25.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 10.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 157.
4.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 37v-38
Attributed Title: de Johanne
Editions:
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: 172.
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: 273.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 95.
5.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 48v-49
Note: Burden and stanzas 1, 4 only.
Attributed Title: de sancto Johanne
Editions:
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: 172.
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: 273.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 105.
6.Source: London, British Library Harley 4294, f. 81v1
First Lines:
I shall you tell of crystes derlyng
That was a mayd both old and yong…
Last Lines:
…And for be others make
Prey we to cryst we be nott forsake
Note: 5 stanzas.
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 66-7; 1977, 56.