Christmas Carols, Ancient And Modern

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He could get no houseroom, who houses did frame, But Joseph and Mary must go as they came; For little is the favour the poor man can find, From the rich to the poor they are mostly unkind.
Whilst the great and the wealthy do frolic in hall, Possess all the groundrooms and chambers and all; Whilst Joseph and Mary thrust into a stable In Bethlehem city, ground inhospitable; And with their mean lodging contented they be, For the minds of the just with their fortunes agree, They bear all affronts with their meekness of mind, And be not offended tho' the rich be unkind."
No sooner was man betray'd into evil, By the subtilty of Old Satan the Devil, But God made a promise that the woman's seed, In Jury now born, should bruise Satan's head. O Bethlehem, Bethlehem, welcome this stranger That was born in a stable and laid in a manger, For he is a Physician to heal all our smarts— Come welcome sweet Jesus, and lodge in our hearts.

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