The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

As Joseph Was A Walking

For Christmas

Old English Carol.

Words and melody traditional.

See: The Cherry Tree Carol - Notes

Source: Richard R. Terry, Old Christmas Carols. Part One. (London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne Ltd., n.d., ca. 1923), Carol #17, page 21.

1. As Joseph was a-walking,
    He heard an angel sing,
This night shall be born
    Our heavenly King

2. He neither shall be born
    In housen nor in hall,
Nor in the place o' Paradise
    But in an ox's stall.

3. He neither shall be clothed
    In purple nor in pall,
But all in fair linen
    As wear babies all.

4. He neither shall be rocked
    In silver nor in gold,
But in a wooden cradle
    That rocks on the mould.

5. He neither shall be christened
    In white wine nor in red,
But in the fair spring water
    As we were christened.

6. As Joseph was a-walking,
    He heard an angel sing,
This night shall be born
    Our heavenly King

Sheet Music from Richard R. Terry, Old Christmas Carols. Part One. (London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne Ltd., n.d., ca. 1923), Carol #17, page 21.

 

Sheet Music from RR Terry Attributed to Gilbert and Sandys

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Editor's Note:

This version differs from other versions given by Rev. Terry:

See also: As Joseph Was A Walking - Fyfe (1860)

There are numerous versions of this carol. See: The Cherry Tree Carol - Notes.

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