Cast Away The Olden
Latin words and
melody from the Bodleian Library (MS. Eng. Poet e.1.ff.40y and
English verses by the Rev. J. O'Conner.
Compare: Psallimus cantantes Domino nova cantica dantes, with additional verses.
Source: Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #178, pp. 14-15.
1. Cast away the
2. From the
2. Tu in Christi
3. Thou with
love's own daring
3. En Christum
Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), Carol #178, pp. 14-15.
Notes from Rev. Terry:
1. The word Domino precedes Nova in the MS. It is here deleted as superfluous, since its inclusion would disfigure the music page with “alternative notes” which tend to confuse the average chorister. It would also involve a superfluous bar of triple time which is not applicable to say of the succeeding verses.
2. [This note refers to the sheet music. Ed.] This note may be a copyist's error, – involving as it does a skip to the next note unusual in the period. As it is unequivocally marked in the MS., I have allowed it to stand.
Note Concerning Verses from Rev. Terry:
The verses (Latin and English) have been selected irrespective of their connection with each other. There are 9 stanzas in the original.
Sheet Music from Sir Richard Runciman Terry, A Medieval Carol Book: The Melodies Chiefly from MMS. in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1932), Carol #7, pp. 14-15.
To see all nine verses referenced by Rev. Terry, see Psallimus cantantes Domino nova cantica dantes.
Bodleian manuscript "MS Eng Poet e 1" is also known as "The Vernon Manuscript."
One of Thomas Wright's collections was also based on this manuscript. See: Songs and Carols from a Manuscript in the British Museum of the Fifteenth Century (The Percy Society, 1847)
See in the Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. poet. e. 1 (scroll down to get to "e. 1"), c. 1460-1480.