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Orientis Partibus: The Prose of the Ass
This version of Orientis Partibus comes from George Ratcliffe Woodward's Poemata(1903). A very different version is found on the Hymns and Carols of Christmas website. The name "Dan Burnel" is a reference to an allusion to the ass in the Nuns'Priest's Tale in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The Feast of the Ass (French, Fte de l'ne) was held on the 14th of January in commemoration of the Flight into Egypt.
"The Flight into Egypt" by Fra Angelico (c. 1395-1455)
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