The cherry-tree carol

Le Noël du cerisier

As Joseph was a-walking
He heard an angel sing,
"This night shall be the birthtime
Of Christ, the heav'nly King.

"he neither shall be born
In housen nor in hall,
nor in the place of paradise,
But in an ox's stall.

He neither shall be clothed
In purple nor in pall,
But in the fair white linen
That usen babies all.

He neither shall be rocked
In silver nor in gold,
But in a wooden manger
That resteth on the mould."

As Joseph was a-walking,
There did an angel sing,
And Mary's child at midnight
Was born to be our King.

The be ye glad, good people,
This night of all the year,
And light ye uo your candles,
For his star it shineth clear.


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