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When nothing was but God alone
On the Power of God’s Word — nine 3-line stanzas (aaa) and burden: ‘Why why what ys this why / Hit ys non nodyre sekurely / But werttus wereby domini
Note: The first three lines, and first and third lines of burden, duplicate 6385.
Subjects: carols, of religious counsel
Versification: — three-line — aaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Aberystwyth, National Library of Wales Porkington 10, ff. 200-200v
First Lines:
Whane noþing whas but God alone
The Fadyre the Holly Gost and the Sone
Whon ys iii and iii us Whon…
Last Lines:
…God hymselfe byddyt vs by his senttens
To lovfe owre reson and owre efydens
And to his wordys yef wholl credens
Editions:
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 229-30; 1977, 204.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 187-8.