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Welcome be Thou heaven king
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab) with refrain, ‘Welcum yole for euer & ay’ and burden: ‘Welcum yole in glod aray / In worchip of the holeday’
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 302 (SC 21876), ff. 28rb-28va
First Lines:
Welcum be þou heuen kyng
Welcum I bore in hon mornyng…
Last Lines:
…ffore ȝolis loue now makis mere
Welcum ȝole for euer & ay
Attributed Title: In die natalis domini
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 6-7; 1977, 3-4.
Sandys, William. Christmastide its history, festivities, and carols. London: John Russell Smith, 1852: 218.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. “Fifteenth Century Carols by John Audelay.” Modern Language Review 5 (1910): 473-91: 483.
Whiting, Ella Keats, ed. John Audelay: The Poems. EETS o.s. 184 (1931); repr. 1988: 186-7.
Greene, Richard Leighton, ed. A Selection of English Carols. Clarendon Medieval and Tudor Series. Oxford: Clarendon, 1962: 55.
2.Source: London, British Library Sloane 2593, f. 32
First Lines:
Wolcum be þou heuene kyng
Wolcum born in on morwenyng…
Last Lines:
…Wolcum alle & make good chere
Wolcum alle another yere
Wolcum yol
Note: ‘Wolcum yol’ refrain.
Editions:
Ritson, Joseph, ed. Ancient Songs and Ballads from the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution. 2 vols. London, 1829; re-ed. William Carew Hazlitt London, 1877: 1.140-1.
Sandys, William, ed. Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern. London: Richard Beckley, 1833: 3.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 4-5.
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols. Warton Club 4. London: Richards, 1856: 93-4.
Hotten, John Camden, (alias Joshua Sylvester). A Garland of Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern. London, 1861 [listed as “Sylvester” in IMEV]: 79.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 121-2.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 232.
Dearmer, Percy, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Martin Shaw. The Oxford Book of Carols. London: Oxford UP, 1928: 213.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 6-7; 1977, 4.