The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Joseph Was A Young Man

Words and Music: Sung by Mrs. Alice and Mrs. Sudie Sloan at Barbourville, Knox Co., Ky., May 8, 1917
Pentatonic. Mode 3.
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Maud Karpeles, ed., English Folk Songs From The Southern Appalachians Collected by Cecil Sharp, Vol. 1 (London: Oxford University Press / Humphrey Milford, 1932), #15E, p. 94

 

See generally: The Cherry Tree Carol - Notes

Joseph was a young man,
How young may he be,
When he courted Virgin Mary,
The Queen of Galilee,
    When he courted Virgin Mary,
    The Queen of Galilee.

Compare: Joseph Was A Young Man (Mrs. Margaret Dunagan, 1917).

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