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7G
WHEN CiESAR AUGUSTUS.
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When Caesar Augustus had rais'd a taxation, He assest all the people that dwelt in the nation ; The Jews at that time being under Rome's sway Appear'd in the city their tribute to pay; When Joseph and Mary, who from David did spring, Went up to the city of David their King, And there being enter'd cold welcome they find, From the rich to the poor they are mostly unkind.
They sought entertainment, but none could they
find, Great numbers of strangers had filled the inn ; They knocked and called all this at the door, But found not a friend where kind they had store ; Their kindred accounted they were come too soon, Too late, said the innkeeper, here is no room. Amongst strangers and kinsfolk cold welcome they
find, From the rich to the poor they are mostly unkind.
Good Joseph was troubled, but most for his dear, For her blessed burden whose time now drew near; His heart with true sorrow was sorely afflicted That his Virgin Spouse was so rudely neglected;

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