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When that my sweet son was thirty winter old
A song of the Passion by the Virgin Mary — five monorhyming quatrains and burden: ‘O my harte is woo mary she sayd so / For to se my dere son dye & sonnes haue I no mo’
Subjects: carols, of the Passion; women, as speakers/narrators
Versification: — four-line, monorhyme — aaaa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 354, p. 4811
First Lines:
Whan þat my swete son was xxxti wynter old
Than þe traytor Judas wexed very bold…
Last Lines:
…O my hart is wo Mary she sayd so
For to se my dere son dye & sonnes haue I no mo
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. “Liedersammlungen des XVI Jahrhunderts….” Anglia 26 (1903): 94-285: 262.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 142-3.
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: 40-1.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 122-3; 1977, 109-10.
Sisam, Celia, and Kenneth Sisam, eds. The Oxford Book of Medieval English Verse. Oxford: Clarendon, 1970: 533.



Print Witnesses:
1.Source: STC 5204.5. Christmas Carolles, [R. Copland f.] R. Kele, [1545?] , pp. 14-16
Note: Printed in short lines, 8 per stanza.
Facsimiles:
Reed, Ernest Bliss. Christmas Carols Printed in the Sixteenth Century Huntington Library Publications. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1932 [= Kele, ca. 1550]: 32-4.
Editions:
Bliss, Philip, ed. Bibliographical Miscellanies. Oxford, 1815: 51.