The ten joys of Mary (Traditional)

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Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: CC BY 1.0
Edition notes: Published: Cecil J. Sharp, English Folk-Carols (London: Novello & Co., Ltd., 1911), pp. 33-5. SATB version by Christopher R. Baker.

General Information

Title: The Ten Joys of Mary
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: Folk Songs from Somerset (1909)

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Original text and translations

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1.
The first great joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of one,
To see her own Son Jesus
To suck at her breast bone
To suck at her breast bone, good man,
Refrain:
How happy may you be;
O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
And Christ to eternity.

2.
The next great joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of two,
To see her own Son Jesus
To bring the lame to go
To bring the lame to go, good man,
Refrain.

3.
The next great joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of three,
To see her own Son Jesus
To bring the blind to see;
To bring the blind to see, good man,
Refrain.

4.
The next great joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of four,
To see her own Son Jesus
To read the Bible o’er
To read the Bible o’er, good man,
Refrain.

5.
The next great joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of five,
To see her own Son Jesus
To bring the dead to life;
To bring the dead to life, good man,
Refrain.

6.
The next great joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of six,
To see her own Son Jesus
To bear the crucifix
To bear the crucifix, good man,
Refrain.

7.
The next great joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of seven,
To see her own Son Jesus
To wear the crown of Heaven
To wear the crown of Heaven, good man,
Refrain.

8.
The next great joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of eight,
To see her own Son Jesus
To bring the crooked straight;
To bring the crooked straight, good man,
Refrain.

9.
The next great joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of nine,
To see her own Son Jesus
Turn water into wine
Turn water into wine, good man,
Refrain.

10.
The next great joy that Mary had,
It was the joy of ten,
To see her own Son Jesus
Bring up ten gentlemen;
Bring up ten gentlemen, good man,
Refrain.