Cherry Tree Carol (Roger Petrich)

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  • (Posted 2018-07-03)  CPDL #50362:   
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.

General Information

Title: Cherry Tree Carol
Composer: Roger Petrich
Lyricist: Old English, traditionalcreate page

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Percussion

First published: 2001

External websites:

Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin and English.png 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.