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Religion
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150 THE TWELVE APOSTLES
For a history of this carol see William Wells Newell, "The Carol of the Twelve Numbers," JAFL, IV, 215-220. For a text and references see Kittredge, ]AFLt XXX, 335-337- See also Bulletin, IX, 3-4; Carter, JAFL, XLVI, 42; Flanders and Brown, pp. 83-84; Fuson, p 187; Greenleaf and Mansfield, pp. 91-93; Henry, JAFL, XLV, 36-37, and Sharp, II, 283-286. There are many variations in the numerous texts.
The present version was sung in 1931 by Mrs. Rachel Post, Beldmg, who learned the song from her father and sang it with him when she was a child.
1 First Singer Second Singer First Singer Second Singer First Singer Together
O come and we will sing. O what shall we sing? O we will sing the one. O what shall be the one? One's the one 'twas left alone, And there's no more to be, O derry dum.
(The stanzas continue cumulatively until the last, which is as
follows:)
12 First Singer O come and we will sing. Second Singer O what shall we sing? First Singer O we will sing the twelve. Second Singer O what shall be the twelve? First Singer Twelve's the twelve apostles, Together         Eleven's the eleven that went to heaven,
Ten's the ten commandments,
Nine's the nine the stars to shine,
Eight's the Gabriel angel,
Seven's the seven.....
Six's the six kewakers,
Five's the five the men to drive,
Four score's an acre,
Three of them were little white babes
All clothed in green O
Two of them were drivers,
One's the one 'twas left alone,
And there's no more to be.
O derry dum.







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