by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

Joseph was a young man
Language: English  after the English 
Joseph was a young man,
  and a young man was he,
He courted Virgin Mary,
  the Queen of Galilee.

As Joseph and Mary 
  were walking one day, 
There were apples and cherries 
  aplenty by the way.

Then up spake Mary, 
  so meek and mild; 
'O gather me cherries, Joseph, 
  for I am with child.'

Then up spake Joseph, 
  with his words unkind, 
'Let them gather cherries 
  that brought thee with child.'

Then up spake the little child 
  in his mother's womb, 
'Bow down, you sweet cherry tree, 
  and give my mother some.'

Then the top spray of the cherry tree 
  bowed down to her knee. 
'And now you see Joseph, 
  here are cherries for me.'

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  • Also set in English, [adaptation] ; composed by John Edmunds.

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Text added to the website: 2019-08-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-08-03 20:43:41
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