Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Seven Joys of Mary



Traditional English Carol


The first good joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of one,
To see her ownsome Jesus
To suck at her breast-bone.
To suck at her breast-bone, good man,
And happy may you be,
O Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
And all eternity.

The second joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of two,
To see her ownsome Jesus
To make the lame to go.

The third joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of three,
To see her ownsome Jesus
As made the blind to see.

The next good joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of five,
To see her ownsome Jesus
As raised the dead to life.

The next good joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of six,
To see her ownsome Jesus
To bear the crucifix.

The next good joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of seven,
To see her ownsome Jesus
To wear the crown of Heaven.

I learned this from Maddy Prior of Steeleye Span fame in the late 70s and it is wonderful the way Maddy Prior and June Tabor sing it!
You can buy this track here:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Seven-Joys-of-Mary/dp/B000V8O1HO





Great Big Sea performs another version of this wonderful song.

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