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CHERRY TREE CAROL (Traditional English Carol) When Joseph was an old man, An old man was he, He married Virgin Mary The Queen of Galilee. He married Virgin Mary The Queen of Galilee. Joseph and Mary walked Through an orchard good, There were cherries, there were berries, As red as any blood. There were cherries, there were berries, As red as any blood. Then Mary spoke to Joseph So meek and so mild: "Joseph, gather me some cherries, For I am with child." "Joseph, gather me some cherries, For I am with child." Then Joseph grew in anger, In anger grew he, "Let the father of thy baby Gather cherries for thee! "Let the father of thy baby Gather cherries for thee! Then Jesus spoke a few words, A few words spoke he: "Let my mother have some cherries, Bow low down, cherry tree." "Let my mother have some cherries, Bow low down, cherry tree." The cherry tree bowed low down, Bowed low down to the ground, And Mary gathered cherries While Joseph stood around. And Mary gathered cherries While Joseph stood around. Then Joseph took Mary All on his right knee, "My Lord, what have I done? Have mercy on me." "My Lord, what have I done? Have mercy on me." Then Joseph took Mary All on his left knee, "Pray tell me, little Baby, When thy birthday will it be? "Pray tell me, little Baby, When thy birthday will it be? "On the Sixth day of January My birthday it will be, And the stars in the elements Will tremble with glee." And the stars in the elements Will tremble with glee." As Joseph was a-walking He heard an angel sing, "Tonight shall be the birth time Of Christ our Heav'nly King." "Tonight shall be the birth time Of Christ our Heav'nly King." "He neither shall be born In house nor in hall, Nor in the place of Paradise, But in an ox's stall." Nor in the place of Paradise, But in an ox's stall." "He neither shall be clothed In purple nor in cloth, But in the bare white linen That useth babies all." But in the bare white linen That useth babies all." "He neither shall be rocked In silver nor in gold, But in a wooden manger That rests upon the mold." But in a wooden manger That rests upon the mold." As Joseph was a-walking And an angel did sing, And Mary's child at midnight Was born to be our King. And Mary's child at midnight Was born to be our King. Then be ye glad ye people This night of all the year, And light ye up your candles For his star it shineth clear. And light ye up your candles For his star it shineth clear.

    


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