English Folk-Carols/King Herod and the Cock

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King Herod and the Cock
a traditional English folk carol. This abridged version was collected in Armscote, Worcestershire]in the early part of the 20th century
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KING HEROD AND THE COCK.

1.  There was a star in David's land,
 In David's land appeared;
 And in King Herod's chamber
 So bright it did shine there.

2. The Wise Men they soon spi-ed it,
 And told the King a-nigh
 That a Princely Babe was born that night,
 No King shall e'er destroy.

3. If this be the truth, King Herod said,
 That thou hast told to me,
 The roasted cock that lies in the dish
 Shall crow full senses three.

4. O the cock soon thrustened and feathered well,
 By the work of God's own hand,
 And he did crow full senses three
 In the dish where he did stand.