Noch ein Stück aus den Nine Lessons and Carols aus dem King’s College Cambridge. Der Cherry-Tree Carol erzählt eine apokryphe (und abgewandelte) Episode der Weihnachtsgeschichte. Mehr dazu hier.

1. Joseph was an old man
and an old man was he,
When he wedded Mary,
in the land of Galilee.

2. Joseph and Mary walked
through an orchard good,
Where was cherries and berries,
so red as any blood.

3. O then bespoke Mary,
so meek and oh, so mild:
„Pluck me one cherry, Joseph,
for I am with child.“

4. O then bespoke Joseph,
with words most unkind:
„Let him pluck thee a cherry
that brought thee with child.“

5. O then bespoke the baby,
within his mother’s womb:
„Bow down then the tallest tree,
for my mother to have some.“

6. Then bowed down the highest tree
unto his mother’s hand;
Then she cried, „See, Joseph
I have cherries at command.“

7. O then bespoke Joseph:
„I have done Mary wrong;
But cheer up, my dearest,
and be ye not cast down.“