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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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The Twelve Good Joys
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T HE first good joy our Mary had, It was the joy of one, To see her own Son Jesus
To suck at her breast bone ; To suck at her breast bone, good man, And blessed may he be, Both Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, To all eternity.
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The next good joy our Mary had,
It was the joy of two, To see her own son Jesus
To make the lame to go ; To make the lame to go, good man, &c.
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The next good joy our Mary had,
It was the joy of three ; To see her own Son Jesus
To make the blind to see; To make the blind to see, good man, &c.
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The next good joy our Mary had,
It was the joy of four, To see her own Son Jesus
To read the Bible o'er; To read the Bible o'er, good man, &c.
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