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As I lay upon a night
A song of the Virgin Mary and Joseph — sixteen quatrains (a virelai)
Subjects: Virgin Mary and Joseph; Joseph, father of Jesus; virelais
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Arch. Selden. B. 26 (SC 3340), ff. 18-18v
First Lines:
As y lay vpon a nyȝt
y sawe a semely syȝt…
Last Lines:
…Than mary mysdo wolde
An soo iosep disceyue
Note: Stanzas 1-11, out of usual order
Editions:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.130-1.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 102-4.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 112.
2.Source: Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates’ 18.7.21, f. 5va-5vb
First Lines:
Als i lay vpon a nith
I lokede vpon a stronde…
Last Lines:
…þat þis sith i say yore
Als i lay on a nyth
Editions:
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XIV Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. 2nd ed., rev.: G. V. Smithers, Oxford, 1952: 78-80.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 59-62.
Luria, Maxwell Sidney, and Richard L. Hoffman, eds. Middle English Lyrics. New York: Norton, 1974: 190-2.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 80-2; 206-8.