January 6, the Birthday of Jesus

The Cherry Tree Carol

When Joseph was an old man,
An old man was he,
When he courted Virgin Mary,
The Queen of Galilee,
When he courted Virgin Mary,
The Queen of Galilee,

As Joseph and Mary
Were walking one day,
“Here are apples and cherries,”
O Mary did say….

Then Mary spoke to Joseph,
So meek and so mild,
“Joseph, gather me some cherries
For I am with child….”

Then Joseph flew in anger —
In anger flew he,
“Let the father of the baby
Gather cherries for thee!”

Then Jesus spoke a few words,
A few words spoke he,
“Let my mother have some cherries;
Bow low down, cherry tree!

“Bow down, O cherry tree!
Bow low down to the ground!”
Then Mary gathered cherries
While Joseph stood around….

Then Joseph took Mary
All on his left knee;
Saying: “What have I done? Lord,
Have mercy on me!”

Then Joseph took Mary
All on his right knee,
“Pray tell me, little baby,
When your birthday shall be….

“On the sixth day of January
My birthday shall be,
When the stars and the elements
Shall tremble with glee….

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