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As long before prophesy said
James Ryman, A song of the Nativity — eight quatrains (abab) and burden (cc): ‘A meyden myelde a chielde hath bore / Mankyende to blis forto restore’
Author(s): James Ryman
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line, two-line — abab, aa



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.12, ff. 40v-41v
First Lines:
As longe before prophesy seyde
With vs to dwelle now criste is comme…
Last Lines:
…That art borne of a virgyne free
Bothe god & man of myghtes moost
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, ed. “Die Gedichte des Franziskaners Jacob Ryman.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 89 (1892): 167-338: 208.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 177; 1977, 156-7.