Cherry Tree Carol (Roger Petrich)
- Editor: Roger Petrich (submitted 2018-07-03). Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 2.13 MB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The percussion part is to be improvised.
First published: 2001
Original text and translations
Latin and English text
Noli timere, Joseph, fili David.
1. Joseph was an old man, an old man was he:
he married sweet Mary, the Queen of Galilee.
2. As they went awalking, in the garden so gay
Maid Mary spied cherries hanging over yon tree.
3. So Mary said to Joseph, with her sweet lips so mild:
"Pluck those cherries, Joseph, for to give to my Child."
4. "O then," replied Joseph with words so unkind,
"I will pluck no cherries for to give to thy Child."
5. Mary said to cherrytree, "Bow down to my knee,
that I ay pluck cherries by one, two and three!"
6. The uppermost sprig then bowed down to her knee:
"Thus you ay see, Joseph, these cherries are for me."
7. "O eat your cherries, Mary, O eat your cherries now,
That grow upon the bough.