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The Cherry-tree Carol

TML # 001855
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Child #54 This is one of the most popular of English religious folk ballads. Derived from the Pseudo-Matthew gospel, and in medieval times was frequently dramatized in folk plays.
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 green,
There were berries and
cherries as thick as might be seen
There were berries and
cherries as thick as might be seen

And 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."

And Joseph flew in anger,
in anger flew he,
"Let the father of the baby
gather cherries for thee,
Let the father of the baby
gather cherries for thee."

Then up spoke the baby
Jesus from in Mary's womb,
"Bend down the tallest tree
that my mother might have some,
Bend down the tallest tree
that my mother might have some."

And bent down the tallest branch,
'till it touched Mary's hand,
Cried she, "Oh look thou Joseph
I have cherries by command,"
Cried she, "Oh look thou Joseph
I have cherries by command."

ALTERNATIVE WORDS

Joseph was an old man,
An old man was he,
He wedded Virgin Mary,
The Queen of Galilee (2x)
As Joseph and Mary
Walked through an orchard green,
There were apples and cherries
Plenty to be seen.

Mary spoke to Joseph
So meek and so mild
Joseph, gather me some chrries
For I am with child.

Then Joseph flew in anger,
In anger he flew;
Let the father of the baby
Gather cherries for you.

Jesus spoke a few words,
And a very few words spoke he,
My mother wants some cherries,
Bend over, cherry tree!

The cherry tree bowed down,
It was low to the ground;
And Mary gathered cherries
While Joseph stood around.

Then Joseph took Mary
All on his left knee;
Saying: Lord have mercy upon me
For what I have done.

Then Joseph took Mary
All on his right knee;
Pray tell me, little baby,
When your birthday shall be.

On the sixth day of January
My birthday shall be,
When the stars and the elements
Shall tremble with fear.
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