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Children of Eve both great and small
A hymn to the Virgin Mary in James Ryman’s songbook — six stanzas rhyme royal with refrain (ababbcc), ‘Maria spes nostra salue’, and burden (cc): ‘Mekely we syng and seye to the / Maria spes nostra salue
Author(s): James Ryman (?)
Subjects: Virgin Mary, songs in honour of; carols, to Virgin Mary
Versification: — seven-line, two-line — ababbcc, aa
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Ee.1.12, ff. 96-96v
First Lines:
Childryn of eve bothe grete and small
Here in this vale of wrechidnesse…
Last Lines:
…Sith we do sing and seye to the
Maria spes nostra salue
Editions:
Zupitza, Julius, ed. “Die Gedichte des Franziskaners Jacob Ryman.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 89 (1892): 167-338: 311-12.
Greene, Richard Leighton. The Early English Carols. Oxford: Clarendon, 1935; 2nd ed., rev., Oxford: Clarendon, 1977: 156-7; 1977, 139.