The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

For Christmas

Version 2
Compare: The Twelve Days of Christmas - Version 1 (Mirth Without Mischief, 1780)
The Twelve Days of Christmas - Version 3 (Cecil J. Sharp, 1916, with notes)

Words and Music: English Traditional
MS by my aunt, Cecily Baring-Gould, about 1840 (B.C.)
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

Source: Sabine Baring-Gould, Folk Songs of the West (1889)

See: Notes on the Twelve Days of Christmas

The first day of Christmas my true love sent to me,
A part of a Juniper tree.

The second day of Christmas my true love sent to me,
Two turtle-doves,

And a part of a juniper tree.

Three French Hens

Four Colley-birds

Five, a golden ring

Six geese a-laying

Seven swans a-swimming

Eight hares a-running

Nine ladies dancing

Ten lords a-playing

Eleven bears a-baiting

Twelve bulls a-roaring.

Sheet Music from Sabine Baring-Gould, Folk Songs of the West (1889)

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