Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 1 of 8 from 1860 edition

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316               ST. STEPHEN AND HEROD.
gible in places. The stanzas which contain the mir­acle are the following:
There was a star in the West land,
So bright it did appear Into King Herod's chamber,
And where King Herod were.
The Wise Men soon espied it,
And told the king on high, A princely babe was born that night
No king could e'er destroy.
" If this be true," King Herod said,
"As thou teliest unto me-, This roasted cock that lies in the dish
Shall crow full fences * three."
The cock soon freshly feather'd was,
By the work of God's own hand, And then three fences crowed he,
In the dish where he did stand.
" Rise up, rise up, you merry men all,
See that you ready be; All children under two years old
Now slain they all shall be."
Setnt Stevene was a clerk in kyng Herowdes
halle, And servyd him of bred and cloth, as ever kyng
Stevyn out of kechon cam, wyth boris hed on
honde ; He saw a sterr was fayr and bryght over Bedlem
* rounds ?              2. befalle, befell.