by Anonymous / Unidentified Author

King Herod and the cock
Language: English 
There was a star in David's land,
In David's land appeares,
And in King Herod's chamber
So bright it did shine there.

The wise men they soon spied it
And told the king a nigh,
That a Prince's Babe was born that night
No king shall e'er destroy.

If this be the truth, King Herod said,
That thou hast told to me,
The roasted cock that lies in the dish
Shall crow full senses three.

Oh, the cock soon thrusten'd and feather'd well
By the works of God's own hand,
And he did crow fulle sense three
In the dish where he did stand.

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This text was added to the website: 2010-07-15
Line count: 16
Word count: 104