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Then Mary took her young son

Language: English

[Then]1 Mary took her young son,
  and set him on her knee:
'I pray thee now dear child,
  tell how this world shall be.'

'O I shall be as dead, mother,
  as the stones in the wall;
O the stones in the street, mother,
  shall mourn for me all.

'Upon Easter-day, mother,
  my [rising]2 shall be;
[O the sun and the moon,
  shall uprise with me]3.

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Confirmed with English and Scottish Popular Ballads, edited from the collection of Francis James Child by Helen Child Sargent and George Lyman Kittredge, Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1904, pages 99-100.

Stanzas 14, 15, 17 of "The Cherry-Tree Carol," text ID 1285696
1 omitted by Edmunds
2 Edmunds: "uprising"
3 Edmunds: "O the sun and the moon, mother / shall both rise with me."

Submitted by Garrett Medlock [Guest Editor]


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Text added to the website: 2019-02-07.
Last modified: 2019-02-07 15:54:10
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Word count: 66

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