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PART THE SECOND;
A SELECTION FROM CAROLS
STILL USED IN THE WEST OF ENGLAND.
A VIRGIN MOST PURE.
A Virgin most pure, as the Prophets do tell, Hath brought forth a Babe, as it hath befell, To be our Redeemer from death, hell, and sin, Which by Adam's transgression hath wrapt us all in. Rejoice, and be you merry, set sorrow aside, Christ Jesus our Saviour was born on this tide.
In Bethlehem city, in Jury it was, Where Joseph and Mary together did pass, And there to be taxed, with many one more, For Caesar commanded the same should be so.
Rejoice and be you merry, &c. But, when they had entered the city so far, The number of people so mighty was there, That Joseph and Mary, whose substance was small, Could get in the city no lodging at all.