The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
At his birth Thou heardest angel sing
The tribulations of the Virgin — in couplets
Subjects: Virgin Mary, sorrows of
1.Source: Oxford, Balliol College 149
, f. 12v
At his burþ þow hurdist angell syng
Ande now seest his
Atte his burþe kyngges & schephurdis dede hym humage
& now al maner men doþ spit & schenschip
his burþe þu wantid womans wo
But as we felis now hit is not
Some tyme þow hadest cause to syng lullay
But þi song is
Somme tyme þu fedist hyme wyþe þi milke at his
& now þe iewis fedeþ hyme wyþe bittir galle at his
Somme tyme þu fondist hym sittyng in þe middelle of
doctours in þe temple
& now þu fondist hym in midill of
þe iewis on þe Crosse
Note: Written as prose; preceded by five lines that also seem to be verse:
‘O blesful mayden & moder þys his a wondirful chaunge / þe
angel bihete þe þat crist sculde be þi sonne & duelle
wiþ þe / And now he takeþ þe a newe sone & goþ fram
þe / þe angel said to þe þat þe fruit of þi wombe
sculde be blessid / & now þe dome of þe ȝewis hit haþ
cursid’ (f. 12v, written as prose).
Coxe, Henry Octavius.
Catalogus codicum mss. qui in collegiis aulisque
Oxon: e Typographeo academico, 1852: 46.
2.Source: Worcester, Worcester Cathedral Library F.10
, f. 12v
At hys burth thou harde angels syngynge
And now þow seye hys
…Som tyme þou fonde hym in te mydyl off
þe doctors in þe temple
Ande now þou ffyndyst hyme hangyng in
þe mydyl off þe Iewes on þe kross
Note: Six couplets; two additional verse lines at the beginning: þe
angell sayde to þe þat þe fruyt off þi body sulde be
blyssyde / Ande now in þe dome of þe Iewys It es a
Floyer, John Kestell, and Sidney Graves Hamilton.
Catalogue of Manuscripts Preserved in the Chapter Library of Worcester
Oxford: for the Worcester Historical Society, by James Parker,
Owst, Gerald Robert.
Literature and Pulpit in Medieval England.
Cambridge: UP, 1933: 541.