The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

When Jesus Christ Was Twelve Years Old

Version 1

Compare: When Jesus Christ Was Twelve Years Old - Version 2

Words and Music: English Traditional

Source: Davies Gilbert, Some Ancient Christmas Carols. London: John Nichols And Son, Second Edition, 1823, Carol #12, pp. 39-42.

1. When Jesus Christ was twelve years old,
As Holy Scripture plainly told,
He then disputed brave and bold
    Among the learned Doctors.

Chorus.
Then praise the Lord both high and low,
'Cause He his wond'rous works doth shew,
That we at last to Heaven might go,
    Where Christ in glory reigneth.

2. At twelve years old he then began
To preach the Gospel unto man,
And all Judea wondred then
    To hear his heavenly doctrine. Chorus.

3. Such works he did which made them muse
Amongst the proud heard-hearted Jews,
And many people did refuse
    To own him for their Saviour. Chorus.

4. Then, first of all, by power divine,
He turned water into wine,
When at the Marriage he did dine,
    Which made all people wonder. Chorus.

5. Moreover, with five loaves of bread,
Five thousand men be fully feed,
As in the Scripture we may read,
    Throughout the land of Judea. Chorus.

6. The woman's son, that sick did lie,
When Christ our Saviour passed by,
He rose to life immediately,
    To her great joy and comfort. Chorus.

7. Likewise he heal'd the lepers ten,
Whose bodies were fully filthy then,
And there returned back but one
    Him humble thanks to render. Chorus.

8. Who wondered greatly at his wit,
When he did in the Temple sit,
That no persuasion could intreat,
    But they must truly kill him. Chorus.

9. The woman that was perplexed sore,
With an issue of blood, twelve years and more,
Unto her strength he did restore
    In the moment of an hour. Chorus.

10. More of his heavenly might to shew,
Himself upon the sea did go,
And there was none that ere did so,
    But only Christ our Saviour. Chorus.

11. And yet, for all his wonders great,
The Jews were in a fearful heat,
That no persuasion could them treat,
    But they must truly kill him. Chorus.

12. When they bereav'd his life so good,
The moon was turned into blood,
The earth and temple shaking stood,
    And graves full wide did open. Chorus.

13. Then some of them that stood thereby
With voices loud began to cry,
This was the Son of God truly,
    Without any fear or doubting. Chorus.

14. For, as he said, it came so plain,
That in three days he rose again;
Although he suffer'd bitter pain,
Both Heaven and Earth he conquer'd. Chorus.

15. Then afterwards ascended he
To Heaven in glorious majesty;
With him God grant us all to be
    In Heaven with him rejoicing. Chorus.

Sheet Music from Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book, First Series (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd., 1913), Carol #31
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Sheet Music from Richard R. Terry, Gilbert and Sandys' Christmas Carols (London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne, Ltd., 1931), p. 42. "Words and melody from Sandys' 'Christmas Carols.' 1833."
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Martin Shaw and Percy Dearmer, The English Carol Book

When Jesus Christ Was Twelve Years Old - Shaw & Dearmer

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When Jesus Christ Was Twelve Years Old - Terry

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