The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Christmas Storke

Words and Music: English Traditional
From the Prayer Book of King Edward VI (1547-1553)

Arrangements by
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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