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DIMEV 6385
IMEV 4000
NIMEV 4000
When no thing was but God alone
A song of the mysteries of God’s works — six 7-line stanzas (aaabbbb) with refrain, ‘What is why /To frayne why I hold it but foly / It is non other sertenly / But virtus verbi domini’ and burden: ‘Why why what is this whi / But virtus verbi domini
Note: The first three lines and burden are also found in 6386.
Subjects: carols, of religious counsel
Versification: — seven-line — aaabbbb
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. e.1 (SC 29734), ff. 24v-25
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Songs and Carols from a manuscript…of the Fifteenth Century. Percy Society 23. London: Richards, 1847: 30-1.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 229; 1977, 203-4.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 478-9.