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When God was born of Mary free
A carol for Innocents’ Day — two macaronic 5-line stanzas and 4-line Latin burden: ‘Psallite gaudentes / Infantum festa colentes’ (repeated)
Subjects: carols, of the Innocents
Versification: — five-line — aaabb
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 23v-24
First Lines:
When god as born of mary fre
Herode the kyng of galalee…
Last Lines:
Armati sunt perimentes
Note: MS omits the repeated short line (lines 4-5) in stanza 2.
Attributed Title: de innocentibus
Editions:
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 269.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 70; 1977, 59.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 128-9.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 81.