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Be glad lordings both more and less
A Christmas carol — five quatrains (aaab) and Latin burden (cb): ‘Puer nobis natus est / De virgine Maria
Subjects: carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab, ab
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ii.4.11, f. 170v
First Lines:
Lystenyt lordynges more and lees
I bryng yow tydynd of gladnes
As sabel beryt wytnes…
Last Lines:
…Fro [the] fend thou kepe me
Tua prece pia
Note: Added to originally blank verso of last folio in volume, with pentrials and drawings.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, and James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, eds. Reliquiae Antiquae. 2 vols. London: Smith, 1845: 1.203.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 25; 1977, 19-20.
2.Source: London, British Library Harley 5396, f. 280v
First Lines:
Be glad lordynges bethe
I bryng you tydynges of gladnes…
Last Lines:
…That bare a child witouten syn
Kepe vs all fre hell pyn
De virgine maria
Note: Burden and stanzas 1-4.
Editions:
Wright, Thomas, ed. Specimens of Old Christmas Carols, etc. Percy Society 4. London: T. Richard, 1841: 33.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 118.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 22.
3.Source: London (Kew), Public Record Office C 47/34/1/12, f. 1
First Lines:
lordyngs be glad bothe
I bryng you tydynges of grete gladnesse…
Last Lines:
…That he vs fro the fynde childe
Tua prece pia
Note: Burden and stanzas 1-3, 5.