The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

When Jesus Christ Was Twelve Years Old

Version 2

 

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Words and Music: English Traditional

 

Source: William Sandys, Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern (London: Richard Beckley, 1833)

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

Chorus
Then, praise the Lord, both high and low,
That He his wondrous works may shew,
And we at last to Heaven may go,
Where Christ in glory reigneth.

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

3. Such works did he as made them must,
Amongst the proud hard-hearted Jews,
Yet evermore they 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 he fully fed,
Whereby his glory far was spread
    Throughout the land of Jury. Chorus

6. The widow's son that dead did lie,
When Christ our Saviour did pass by,
He raised to life immediately,
    To her great joy and comfort. Chorus

7. Likewise, he heal'd the lepers ten,
Whose bodies were fully filthy then,
Yet, not but one return'd again,
    His humble thanks to render. Chorus

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

9. And more his heavenly might to shew,
Himself upon the sea did go,
There never could a man do so,
    But only Christ our Saviour. Chorus

10. And yet, for all his works so great,
The Jews were in a fearful heat,
That no persuasion could intreat,
    But truly they must kill him. Chorus

11. 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

12. 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

13. For, as he said, it proved so plain,
Within three days he rose again,
Although he suffered bitter pain,
    Both death and hell he conquer'd. Chorus

14. Then afterward ascended he
To Heaven in glorious majesty;
With him God grant us all to be,
    For evermore rejoicing. Chorus

Sheet Music from Sandys

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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Sheet Music from Richard Runciman Terry, Two Hundred Folk Carols (London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Limited, 1933), pp. 34-35.

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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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