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Saturday, December 19, 2009

In Advance of a "Traditional" Christmas



1. The first good joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of one;
To see the blessed Jesus Christ
When he was first her son:

When he was first her son, good man;
And blessed may he be,
Both Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
To all eternity

2. The next good joy our Mary had,
It was the joy of two;
To see her own son, Jesus
To make the lame to go:

To make the lame to go,
Good man, and blessed may he be,
Both Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
To all eternity.

3. The next good joy our Mary had,
It was the joy of three;
To see her own son, Jesus
To make the blind to see:

To make the blind to see,
Good man, and blessed may he be,
Both Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
To all eternity.

4. The next good joy our Mary had,
It was the joy of four;
To see her own son, Jesus
To read the Bible o'er:

To read the Bible o'er,
Good man, and blessed may he be,
Both Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
To all eternity.

5. The next good joy our Mary had,
It was the joy of five;
To see her own son, Jesus
To bring the dead alive:

To bring the dead alive,
Good man, and blessed may he be,
Both Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
To all eternity.

6. The next good joy our Mary had,
It was the joy of six;
To see her own son, Jesus Christ,
Upon the crucifix:

Upon the crucifix,
Good man, and blessed may he be,
Both Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
To all eternity.

7. The next good joy our Mary had,
It was the joy of seven;
To see her own son, Jesus
Ascending into heaven:

Ascending into Heaven
Good man, and blessed may he be
Both Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
To all eternity.



The moon shines bright and the stars give light
A little before the day
Our Lord, Our God, he called on us1
And bid us awake and pray!

Awake, Awake! good people all
Awake and you shall hear
The Lord our God, died on the cross
For us whom he loved so dear

The life of man is but a span,
And cut down in its flower,
We are here to-day, and to-morrow gone,
We are all dead in an hour.

O pray teach your children, man
The while that you are here;
It will be better for your souls,
When your corpse lies on the bier.

To-day you may be alive, dear man
Worth many a thousand pound;
To-morrow may be dead, dear man,
And your body be laid under ground.5

With one turf at your head, O man,
And another at your feet;
Thy good deeds and thy bad, O man,
Will all together meet.

My song is done, I must be gone,
I can stay no longer here;
God bless you all, both great and small,
And send you a happy new year!

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