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As I lay upon a night
A Dialogue between the Virgin Mary and her Infant — thirty-seven quatrains (abab) with refrain ‘Alone in my longyng’ and two-line burden: ‘Lullay lullay la lullay / My dere moder lullay’
Subjects: dialogues, Virgin and Christ; Virgin Mary, dialogue, with Christ; Christ, dialogue, with Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, lullay songs of
Versification: — four-line, two-line — abab, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 5943, f. 169
Transcription:
As y lay on ȝole is nyȝt
alone in my lo[ng]yng
My þoȝt y sawe a wall sayr syȝt
a may hir child rokyng lolay
Note: First stanza only.
Facsimiles:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.": 40.
Rastall, Richard. “Introduction.” A Fifteenth-Century Song Book: Cambridge University Library Additional MS 5943 made in facsimile. Leeds: Boethius Press, 1973.
Editions:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.": 41.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “An Early Rudimentary Carol.” Modern Language Review 54 (1959): 221-2: 221.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 110.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 73.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College S.54 (259), ff. 4-4v
First Lines:
As I me lay þis endyres nyth
All on my loue lokyng…
Last Lines:
…And xalt haue in manys blys
Goddys owene son
Note: Stanzas 1-9.
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes, and G. C. Macaulay, eds. “Fifteenth Century Carols and Other Pieces.” Modern Language Review 8 (1913): 68-87: 72-3.
3.Source: London, British Library Harley 2330, f. 120
Note: Stanzas 1-5.
4.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, ff. 3v-4v
First Lines:
Als i lay vp on a nith
alone in my longging…
Last Lines:
…Als i lay þis ȝolis day
Alone in my longgingge
Note: 37 stanzas.
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 70-5.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 103-5; 1977, 92-4.
Obertello, Alfredo, ed. Liriche religiose ingelsi del secolo quattordicesimo. Milan: Bompiani, 1947: 110.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 112-14.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 61-8.
Dobson, Eric John, and F. L. Harrison. Medieval English Songs. New York: Cambridge UP, 1979: 352 (16 stanzas, with variants and modified spelling).
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 71-6; 199-201.