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Benign Lady blessed might Thou be
‘De Sancta Maria’ — three 4-line stanzas (aaab) with refrain, ‘Regina celi letare’, and burden(bb): ‘Syng we to this mery company / Regina celi letare
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 263; for a variant see 2043.
Title(s): Regina celi letare
Subjects: Virgin Mary, songs in honour of; carols, to Virgin Mary
Versification: — five-line, two-line — aaaba, aa
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 4v-5
First Lines:
Syng we to this mery companey
That barest God in v[i]rginite…
Last Lines:
…With joy & gladdenesse syng we to the
Regina celi letare
Regina celi
Attributed Title: [D]e sancta maria (f. 4v)
Editions:
Smith, John Stafford. Musica Antiqua: a Selection of Music …. London: Preston, 1812: 1.23.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 19.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 138; 1977, 122-3.
Fehr, Bernhard. “Die Lieder der Hs. Add. 5665 (Ritson’s Folio-MS).” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 106 (1901): 262-85: 265.
Padelford, Frederick Morgan. “English songs in manuscript Selden B.26.” Anglia 36 (1912): 79-115: 92-3.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 62.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 56.