The Digital Index of Middle English Verse
DIMEV 1128
IMEV 681
Dievs wous garde byewsser tidings I you bring
Welcome Sir Christmas — three 4-line stanzas with refrain, ‘Nowell’, and 7-line burden: ‘Nowell nowell nowell nowell / Who ys ther that syngeth so’
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992) TM 354; cf. 1643.
Subjects: Christmastide; carols, Nativity
Versification: — four-line, seven-line — abaccca, aaab
Macaronic: French

Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 5665, ff. 8v-9v
First Lines:
Dievs wous garde byewsser tydynges Y yow bryng
A mayde hathe born a chylde full yong…
Last Lines:
…And syng with vs now joyfully
Nowell etc.
Note: With music.
Attributed Title: In die nativitatis (f. 8v)
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