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The Cherry-Tree Carol
2. He sailed east and he sailed westward Until he reached the Turkish shore
And there he was taken and put in prison; He lived in hopes of freedom no more.
3. The Turkish had one only daughter, The fairest creature eye ever did see. She stole the keys to her father's prison, Saying, "Lord Bateman, I'll set free."
10 THE CHERRY-TREE CAROL
(Child, No. j4)
For American texts see Barry-Eckstorm-Smyth, p. 446; Campbell and Sharp, No. 13; Davis, No. 13; McGill, p. 60; Pound, No. 19 (McGilTs Text); Scarborough, pp. 6061; Journal, XXIX, 293 and 294; XXX, 297; The Virginia Folk-Lore Society Bulletin, Nos. 4, 5. For a full history of this ballad, see Davis's head-note (No. 13). Add Bulletin, No. 6, p. 6.
Obtained from Miss Mary Wheeler, 504 Kentucky Avenue, Paducah, Kentucky, January 14, 1931.
1. Joseph was an old man, An old man was he, When he married Mary, The Queen of Gallilee.
2. Joseph and Mary walked Through a garden gay, Where the cherries grew Upon every tree.
3. And they heard while walking, Angel voices sing,
"Lo, this night shall be born Our Lord and Heavenly King.
4. "He neither shall be born In a house nor a hall, Nor in Paradise,
But within a stall."
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