The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Ten Commandments

A Counting Song

See: The Twelve Days of Christmas (Cecil J. Sharp, 1916, with notes)
See: Notes on the Twelve Days of Christmas

Source: Cecil J. Sharp, One Hundred English Folksongs (Boston: Oliver Ditson Company, 1916), #97, pp. 226-229.

1.
1st voice Come and I will sing to you
2nd voice What will you sing to me?
1st voice I will sang one one-e-ry.
2nd voice What is your one-e-ry?
1st voice One and One is all alone, and evermore shall be so.

2.
1st voice Come and I will sing to you.
2nd voice What will you sing to me?
1st voice I will sing you two-e-ry.
2nd voice What is your two-e-ry?
1st voice Two and two are lily-white babes a-clothed all in green, O!
One and One is all alone, and evermore shall be so.

3.
1st voice Come and I will sing to you.
2nd voice What will you sing to me?
1st voice I will sing you three-e-ry
2nd voice What is your three-e-ry?
1st voice Three of them are thrivers,
And two and two are lily-white babes a-clothed all in green, O!
One and One is all alone, and evermore shall be so.

4.
1st voice Come and I will sing to you.
2nd voice What will you sing to me?
1st voice I will sing you four-e-ry.
2nd voice What is your four-e-ry?
1st voice Four are gospel makers.
Three of them are thrivers,
And two and two are lily-white babes a-clothed all in green, O!
One and One is all alone, and evermore shall be so.

(The remaining verses are sung after the manner of all cumulative songs, i.e. each verse deals with the next highest number and contains a new line. The additional lines are shown in the last and twelfth verse which follows)

12.
1st voice Come and I will sing to you.
2nd voice What will you sing to me?
1st voice I will sing you twelve-e-ry.
2nd voice What is your twelve-e-ry?
1st voice Twelve are the twelve apostles.
Eleven and eleven are the keys of heaven,
And ten are the ten commandments.
Nine are the nine that brightly shine,
And eight are the eight commanders.
Seven are the seven stars in the sky,
And six are the six broad waiters.
Five are the flamboys under the boat,
And four are the gospel makers.
Three of them are thrivers,
And two and two are lily-white babes a-clothed all in green, O!
One and One is all alone, and evermore shall be so.

Sheet Music from Cecil J. Sharp, One Hundred English Folksongs (Boston: Oliver Ditson Company, 1916), #97, pp. 226-229.

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Note:

This is one of five "accumulative" songs printed by Mr. Sharp in this volume. The five are:

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