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A little child there is I-bore / I-sprung out of Jesses more
A Christmas carol — five quatrains, aaab, including refrain, ‘Gloria tibi Domine’, and burden (bb): ‘Gloria tibi Domine / qui es natus de virgine
Note: For a variant see 5740.
Subjects: Christmas carol
Versification: — four-line, two-line — aaab, aa
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 1393 (SC 7589), f. 69v
First Lines:
A litil child þer is ibore
ysprong owt of Iesses more…
Last Lines:
…[ ] sette we down vpon owre knee
[ ] pray þat child þat is so fre
[ ] with gode herte now sing we
Gloria tibi domine
Editions:
Stainer, Sir John, John Stainer, C. Stainer, and Edward Williams Byron Nicholson. Early Bodleian music; sacred & secular songs, together with other MS. compositions in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, ranging from about A.D. 1185 to about A.D. 1505. London, 1901; repr. Farnborough, Hants, England: Gregg, 1967: 2.65.
Chambers, Edmund Kerchever, and Frank Sidgwick. Early English Lyrics…. London: Buller, 1907, 1911 et seq: 132.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 24; 1977, 19.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 42-3.