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X for Christs him self was dight
A song of X and M and I and E — five quatrains and burden: ‘Of X & M & oþer too / Of I & E I syng all so’
Note: Cf. 1722, stanza 2, lines 5-6 and stanza 4, which Greene (1977), 361 identifies as the likely source for this poem.
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, St John’s College S.54 (259), ff. 1-1v
First Lines:
X for criste hym selfe was dyth
As clerkys redyn in story ryth…
Last Lines:
…to bryng us [ ] þe dewlys all
With hys d[ ]rede alle
Note: Ends imperfectly; fifth stanza deleted, only partially recoverable.
Editions:
James, Montague Rhodes, and G. C. Macaulay, eds. “Fifteenth Century Carols and Other Pieces.” Modern Language Review 8 (1913): 68-87: 69.
Greene, Richard Leighton. “Symbolic Letters in a Fifteenth-century Carol.” Bodleian Quarterly Recor 7 (1932): 40: 40.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 53; 1977, 44.