English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians

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The Cherry-Tree Carol
Mary and Joseph Were a-walking one day. Here is apples and cherries A-plenty to behold.
Mary spoke to Joseph So meek and so mild : Joseph, gather me some cherries, For I am with child.
Joseph flew in angry,
In angry he flew,
Saying : Let the father of your baby
Gather cherries for you.
The Lord spoke down from Heaven, These words he did say: Bow you low down, you cherry tree, While Mary gathers some.
6  The cherry tree bowed down, It was low on the ground ; And Mary gathered cherries While Joseph stood around.
7   Then Joseph took Mary All on his right knee : Pray tell me, little baby, When your birthday shall be.
8   On the fifth day of January My birthday shall be,
When the stars and the elements Shall tremble with fear.
9   Then Joseph took Mary All on his left knee,
Saying : Lord have mercy upon me For what I have done.