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183
budding of his wand, Joseph complains of his age in many parts of the character, as
In gret labors my lyfF I lede,
Myn ocupasyon lyth in many place,
For febylnesse of age my jorney I may nat spede.
Again,
------I am so agyd and so olde
y« both my leggys gyn to folde. I am ny almost lame.
P. 84. This carol is printed, with a little variation, in an edition of Deloney's " Garland of Good-will," (not the black letter copy,) and called " The Sinner's Redemption." In the same work is a curious ballad, intitled, " A wonderful Prophesie, declared by Christian James, a maid of twenty years of age, who was born near Padstow in the county of Cornwal, &c. To the tune of In Summer-time.'" It con≠cludes thus:ó
The magistrates of that same parish,
Which heard and saw this wonder strange,
Desir'd to have it put in print,
'Cause wicked men their ways may change.
P. 111. "Judas me sold." According to one of the Apocryphal Gospels (1 Infancy, 14.) when Judas was a child our Saviour expelled a devil from him, he having previously struck Jesus on the right side and endeavoured to bite him.
" On the cross." In " Mount Calvary," an old Cornish poem, published by Mr. D. Gilbert, it is related that the cross was made from the wood of the tree whence the apple sprang that caused Adam to sin. Another tradition is, that Seth went to the Cherub that kept Paradise, and received three grains of the Tree of Life. From these he made an oil wherewith Adam was anointed, and the stones were put into his mouth. A tree afterwards sprang up which was subsequently converted into the holy cross. At the time of building the Temple the builder endeavoured to adapt it, but he could not in any way make it suit his purpose, and it remained there for some time unapplied ; and afterwards in the pool of Bethesda. After the death of our Saviour

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