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Under a tree
The Virgin Mary’s song of the Miraculous Conception — six 6-line stanzas (aabccb) and burden: ‘Nowel nowel nowel / Syng we with myrth / Cryst is come wel / With vs to sewell / By hys most noble byrth’
Subjects: carols, Annunciation
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 47v-48
First Lines:
Vnder a tre
In sportyng me…
Last Lines:
…All vndefyld
þe kyng of hevens sonne
Note: Nineteenth-century transcript is London, British Library Addit. 25478, f. 33.
Attributed Title: A song vpon now must I syng &c.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 73-4.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 186; 1977, 164-5.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 20-1.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 116.
Davies, Reginald Thorne. Medieval English Lyrics: a critical anthology. London, 1963; Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1964: 236-7.
Silverstein, Theodore, ed. Medieval English Lyrics. York Medieval Texts. London: Edw. Arnold, 1971: 114-15.
Saupe, Karen, ed. Middle English Marian Lyrics. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 1998: 50-1; 178-9.