The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Cherry Tree Carol

Part 2, Version 3
See: The Cherry Tree Carol - Notes

As Joseph Was A-Walkin

Words: Anonymous

Music: Anonymous

From Peter Duchin, A Musical Christmas with Peter Duchin (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976). His source is not cited.

1. As Joseph was a-walking,
He heard an angel sing,
"'This night shall be the birth time
Of Christ, The Heav'nly King.

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

3. "He neither shall be clothed
In purple nor in pall,
But in the fair white linen
That usen babies all.

4. "He neither shall be rocked
In silver nor in gold,
But in a wooden manger
That resteth on the mold."

5. As Joseph was a-walking,
There did an angel sing;
And Mary's child at midnight
Was born to be our King.

6. Then be ye glad, good people,
This night of all the year.
And light ye up your candles,
For His star it shineth clear.

Sheet Music from Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (1916), Carol 563
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

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