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IMEV 3835
NIMEV TM 1786
Upon a lady fair and bright
A song of the Virgin Mary — four five-line stanzas (ababc) including refrain, ‘Newell’ or ‘Nowell’ plus burden (cc): ‘Newell newell newell newell / I thank a maydyn euery dele’
Note: Burden same as 5272.
Subjects: carols, to Virgin Mary; Virgin Mary, carols to
Versification: — five-line — ababc



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 3742
First Lines:
Vpon a lady fayre & bright
So hartely I haue set my thowght…
Last Lines:
…& to Mary I mak my mone
for on her I thynk & say right nowght
Nowell
Explicit
Facsimiles:
Early Manuscripts at Oxford University: Facsimile of Oxford, Balliol MS 354. (http://image.ox.ac.uk/show?collection=balliol&manuscript=ms354).
Editions:
Flügel, Ewald. “Englische Weihnachtslieder aus einter Handschrift des Balliol College zu Oxford.” Forschungen zur deutschen Philologie. Festgabe für Rudolf Hildebrands. Leipzig: Deit, 1894: 52-84: 54.
Flügel, Ewald, ed. Neuenglisches Lesebuch. 1 Bd. Halle: Niemayer, 1895: 126.
Flügel, Ewald. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 190.
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: 2.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 136-7; 1977, 121.