[DWJ] ybounden

LWilkinson at slv.vic.gov.au LWilkinson at slv.vic.gov.au
Mon May 26 03:25:58 EDT 2008

Yes, I think it can be a- or i- or y-.

I have a Christmas carols album with a song called "Adam Lay Abounden":

Adam lay abounden
Bounden in a bond
Foure thousand winter
Thought he not too long
And all was for an apple
An apple that he tok
As clerkes finden
Wreten in here book
Ne hadde the apple take ben
The apple taken ben
Ne hadde never our lady
A ben hevene queen
Blissed be the time
That apple take was
Therefore we moun singen
"Deo gracias!"

Lili Wilkinson
Inside a Dog Project Manager
Centre for Youth Literature
State Library of Victoria
328 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
PH: 03 8664 7556
FAX: 03 96394143

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On 16 May 2008, at 21:07, Philip Belben wrote:

Can someone help me out with "ybounden"? I think I've seen it written
"ibounden" too, in Britten's Ceremony of Carols. What does the y add to
the meaning?

It's the old participle prefix, similar to ge- in present day German.  We
see it in the a- of such present participles as a-running.

(Someone may already have answered this; I should probably change my
subscription and stop taking the digest, which is only good for lurking.)

Jameela Lares, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of English
The University of Southern Mississippi
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