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DIMEV 6080
IMEV 3810.3
NIMEV 3810.3
Truth it is full securely
The Visit of the Magi — 96 lines in cross-rhymes quatrains with an introductory refrain, ‘The sterre shoon boþe nyȝt & day’
Note: Cf. 3321.
Subjects: carols, Epiphany
Versification: — four-line — abab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral Library Addit. 68 [olim Ingilby], ff. 100r2-101v
First Lines:
Truth it is ful sekyrly
Thre kyngges þat were ful reuerent
Þat sowth Ihesu ryȝth besyly
With holy deuocioun & good intent…
Last Lines:
…Where we Ioy may with owr kyne
With seyntes & anegell euerych one
The face off very god boþe three[?] & One[?]
I thank now god myn song is done
Editions:
Woodruff, Charles Eveleigh. A XVth Century Guide Book to the Principal Churches of Rome Compiled c. 1470 by William Brewyn. London: Marshall, 1933: 81-4.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977 (see also Greene (1935)): 71-2.