The James Catalogue Of Western Manuscripts


  • Shelfmark: O.3.58
  • Manuscript Title: Roll of Carols.
  • Alternative Title:   Trinity Carol Roll
  • James Number: 1230  View Printed Catalogue Entry
  • Date: Cent. xv.
  • Physical Description: Roll. At the top is a much obliterated inscription in red in two lines. On the front of the roll are thirteen Carols in English with music on a five-line stave.
  • Provenance: 
  • Donor: Presented in 1838 by H. O. Roe, Esq.
  • Size (cms): 200.5 x 18
  • Support: Vellum roll.
  • Language: Middle English; Latin; Music
  • Century: 15th century
  • Folio: 
  • Collation: 
  • Notes:    For a transcription of the words only see O.3.58a
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  • Online Since:     02/07/2015
  • The carols have been edited with a facsimile (of one section only) by J. A. Fuller-Maitland, M.A., and W. S. Rockstro (1891, Leadenhall Press).

    The opening words of each are
    1. Hail mary ful of grace.
    2. Nowel nowel.
    3. Alma redemptoris mater. As I lay.
    4. Now may we syngyn.
    5. Be mery be mery.
    6. Nowel syng we now.
    7. Deo gracias Anglia. (The Agincourt Song.)
    8. Now make we merthe.
    9. Abyde I hope.
    10. Qwat tydyngis bryngyst yu massager.
    11. Eya martir stephane.
    12. Prey for us ye prynce of pees.
    13. Ther is no rose of swych vertu.

    On the back are some offices in a rather later hand.
    1. De Sancta Trinitate.
    Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas.
    With Epistle and Gospel etc.
    2. De Angelis.
    Benedicite dominum omnes angeli.
    3. Officium corporis Christi.
    Cibauit eos ex adipe frumenti.
    4. De sancta cruce.
    Nos autem gloriari oportet.
    Unfinished, ending in the Gospel
    ad illudendum et flagellandum et crucifige(ndum).

    For a transcription of the words only see O.3.58a


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