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In Bethlehem City

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While Shepherds Watched [Pentonville]

In Bethlehem City

In Bethlehem city, in Judea it was,
That Joseph and Mary together did pass,
All for to be taxed when thither they came,
For Caesar Augustus commanded the same.

     Then let us be merry, cast sorrow away,
    Our Saviour Christ Jesus was born on this day.

But Mary's full time being come as we find,
She brought forth her first-born to save all mankind;
The inn being full of the heavenly Guest,
No place could she find to lay Him to rest.

     Then let us be merry, cast sorrow away,
    Our Saviour Christ Jesus was born on this day.

Blest Mary, blest Mary, so meek and so mild,
All wrapped up in swathing this heavenly Child,
Contented she laid where oxen do feed,
The great God of nature approved of the deed.

     Then let us be merry, cast sorrow away,
    Our Saviour Christ Jesus was born on this day.

To teach us humility all this was done,
To learn us from hence haughty pride for to shun
The manger His cradle Who came from above,
The great God of mercy, of peace and of love.

     Then let us be merry, cast sorrow away,
    Our Saviour Christ Jesus was born on this day.

Then presently after the shepherds did spy,
Vast numbers of angels did stand in the sky;
So merry were talking, so sweetly did sing,
"All glory and praise to the heavenly King!"

Lucy E. Broadwood and J. A. Fuller Maitland,
English Country Songs. London:
The Leadenhall Press, 1893.

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