The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

As Joseph Was A-Walking

Alternate Title: "Joseph And The Angel," Part Two of The Cherry Tree Carol

For Christmas

Words and Music: English Traditional

See: The Cherry Tree Carol - Notes

Source: Richard R. Terry, Twelve Christmas Carols. (London: J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd., 1912), p. 7

1. As Joseph was a-walking
He heard an angel sing,
This night shall be born
Our heavenly King.
He neither shall be born
In housen nor in hall,
Nor in the place of Paradise
But in an ox's stall.
            Noel. Noel.

2. As Joseph was a-walking
He heard an angel sing,
This night shall be born
Our heavenly King.
He neither shall be clothed
In purple nor in pall,
But all in fair linen
As wear babies all.
            Noel. Noel.

3. As Joseph was a-walking
He heard an angel sing,
This night shall be born
Our heavenly King.
He neither shall be rocked
In silver nor in gold,
But in a wooden cradle
That rocks n the mould.
            Noel. Noel.

4. As Joseph was a-walking
He heard an angel sing,
This night shall be born
Our heavenly King.
He neither shall be christened
In white wind nor in red,
But in the fair spring water
As we were christened.
            Noel. Noel.

Sheet Music From Richard R. Terry, Twelve Christmas Carols. (London: J. Curwen & Sons, Ltd., 1912), p. 7.

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:

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

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