The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Christmas Mummers' Carol

Version 2

Alternate Title: It was righteous Joseph wedded was

For Christmas

Words: English Traditional

Source: Journal of the Folk Song Society, Vol. 2, Issue 7, #30, p. 128.

See: Christmas Mummers' Carol - Broadwood

Second Version

It was righteous Joseph wedded was
Unto a virtuous maid;
Two glorious Angels from heaven came
Unto that virtuous maid.

Ye mortal man remembers well
When Christ our Saviour was born;
He was crucified betwixt two thieves,
And crowned with the thorn.

Ye mortal man remembers well
When Christ our Saviour died;
He was buried in some sepulchre
Where no man ever laid.

Ye mortal man remembers well
When Christ died on the cross.
It was for we and our wickedness
His precious blood was lost.

God bless the mistress of this house
With gold all round her breast;
Where'er her body sleeps or wakes,
Lord, send her soul to rest.

God bless the master of this house
With happiness beside;
Where'r his body rides or walks,
Lord Jesus be his guide.

God bless your house, and cattle too,
Your children and your store;
The Lord increase you day by day,
And send you more and more.

Note from Ms. Broadwood:

The above is from Mrs. Small of Smith's Brook, Lodsworth, near Petworth, Sussex. She has known the carol from childhood, and is now sixty-two years old.

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