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Will ye I-hearen of twelfth day
Ballad of Twelfth Day, the story of the Magi and Herod — ten 4-line stanzas (long lines usually with medial rhyme), or ten 8-line stanzas, abababab
Subjects: Magi; tales, from Scripture; translations
Versification: — four-line, eight-line — aaaa, abababab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.39 (323), ff. 35-35v
First Lines:
Wolle ye iheren of twelte day Wou þe present was i broust
In to bedlem þer iesus lay þer þre kinges him hawet isoust…
Last Lines:
…þenc þou mon þat tou ne bee lorn for alle dedis þat tou doest
Editions:
Greg, Walter Wilson. “A Ballad of Twelfth Day.” Modern Language Review 8 (1913): 64-7; 9 (1914): 235-6: 65-6.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. English Lyrics of the XIIIth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1932: 39-41.
2.Source: Cambridge UK, Trinity College B.14.39 (323), ff. 33; 36v; 41v; 42v
Note: Four stanzas only in a faint scribbling, now erased and mostly illegible.
Editions:
Greg, Walter Wilson. “A Ballad of Twelfth Day.” Modern Language Review 8 (1913): 64-7; 9 (1914): 235-6: 235.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 185-6.