The James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Shelfmark O.3.58
Manuscript Title

Trinity Carol Roll

Alternative Title

Roll of Carols.

James Number 1230
Century 15th
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.


Presented in 1838 by H. O. Roe, Esq.

Donor Roe, H. O. ( ),
Size (cm) 200.5 x 18
Material Parchment
Language LatinMiddle EnglishMusic

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

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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


Fenlon, I., Cambridge Music Manuscripts, 900-1700 (Cambridge, 1982)

Fuller Maitland, J. A., ed., English carols of the fifteenth century: from a MS. roll in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge (London, 1891)

Deeming, H., Manuscript and Music : the Trinity Roll and its Carols [unpublished essay] 2 pts.

Anonymous, Deo gracias Angliae! Medieval English carols : the Trinity Carol Roll., David Skinner/Alamire, Obsidian (2012)[sound recording]

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