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Blessed must Thou be Thou bird so bright
John Audelay, hymn ‘De sancta maria’ — five quatrains (aaab) and burden: ‘Heyle of wymmen flour of all / Thou herst vs when we to the call’
Author(s): John Audelay
Title(s): De sancta maria
Subjects: carols, to Virgin Mary
Versification: — four-line — aaab



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Douce 302 (SC 21876), f. 30ra
First Lines:
Blessid mot þou be þou berd so bryȝt
Moder & maidon most of myȝt…
Last Lines:
…We prayn þe dame & damesel
þat þou bryng vs in to þi bal
Attributed Title: De sancta maria (f. 30ra)
Editions:
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. “Fifteenth Century Carols by John Audelay, II.” Modern Language Review 6 (1911): 68-84: 75-6.
Whiting, Ella Keats, ed. John Audelay: The Poems. EETS o.s. 184 (1931); repr. 1988: 204.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 134; 1977, 118.