Cherry Tree Carol

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When Joseph was an old man,
And an old man was he,
He courted Virgin Mary,
|: The Queen of Galilee. :|

2. Now Joseph and Mary
Were a-walking one day
Here is apples and cherries
|: Aplenty to be seen. :|

3. Mary spoke to Joseph
So meek and so mild
Joseph, gather me some cherries
|: For I am with child. :|

4. Then Joseph flew in anger,
In anger he flew;
Let the father of the baby
|: Gather the cherries for you. :|

5. Then up spoke babyJesus,
All in his mother's womb
Bow you down low, you cherry tree,
|: While Mary gathers some. :|

6. The cherry tree bowed down,
So low to the ground;
And Mary gathered cherries
While Joseph stood around.

7. Then Joseph took Mary
All on his left knee;
Saying: Lord have mercy upon me
For what I have done.

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

9. On the fifth day of January
My birthday shall be,
When the clouds and the elements
Will tremble with fear.

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