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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- by William Walton (1902 - 1983), "King Herod and the cock" [chorus a cappella] [text verified 1 time]
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Word count: 104