The Christmas Storke
Words and Music: English Traditional
From the Prayer Book of King Edward VI (1547-1553)
Kenneth W. Jewell (1910-1992)
W. Sydney Greig (1910-1983)
Sheet Music (Jewell) from J.S. Paluch Company
1. The storke she rose on Christmas eve, And sayde unto her broode, I now must fare to Bethlehem To view the Sonne of God.
2. She gave to each his dole of mete She stowed them farely in, And far she flew and fast she flew And came to Bethlehem.
3. And where is he of Davids line? She asked at house and hall. He is not here, they spoke hardly, But in a manger stall.
4. She found Him in manger stalle With that most holy Mayde, The gentle storke she wept to see The Lord so rudely laid.
5. Then from her panting breast she plucked The feathers white and warm, She strewed them in the manger bed To keep the Lord from harm.
6. "Now blessed be the gentle stork For evermore", quoth He "for that she saw my sadde estate, and showed me such pity."
7. "full welcome shall she ever be In hamlet and in halle, And called henceforth the 'blessed bird' And friend of babies all".
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