SEARCH RECORDS
SEARCH MSS
PRINTED BOOKS
INSCRIPTIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHY
GLOSSARY
DIMEV HOME
The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
DIMEV 946
IMEV 581
NIMEV TM 301
By Thy birth Thou blessed Lord
A Song of the Nativity — two six-line stanzas (aabccb; aaabbc) with refrain, ‘Qui hodie natus es nobis’, and four-line burden: ‘Blessed mote ye be swete Ihesus / Qui hodie natus es nobis’ (repeated)
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992), TM 301.
Subjects: carols, Nativity; Nativity
Versification: — four-line, six-line — abab, aabccb, aaabbc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 52v-53
First Lines:
By thi burthe thou blessed lord
Ys made of variaunce now on acorde
Therfor we may shyng this…
Last Lines:
…Blessed mote thou be swete jhesus
Qui hodie natus es nobis
Note: With music by Smert.
Attributed Title: de natiuitate (f. 52v)
Editions:
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: 278.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 37; 1977, 30.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. “The Burden in Carols.” Modern Language Notes 57 (1942): 16-22: 19.
Rickert, Edith, ed. Ancient English Christmas Carols. London: Chatto & Windus, 1910: 181.
Stevens, John, ed. Mediaeval Carols. Musica Britannica 4. London: Stainer and Bell, 1952, 2nd ed. 1958: 109.
Robbins, Rossell Hope. Early English Christmas Carols. New York and London: Columbia UP, 1961: 36.