Sung by Mrs. Gentie Phillips, a native of Tysoe, Warwickshire, now) living at Birmingham.
This carol and The Sinner's Redemption (No. 8), together with many others were sung every Christmas by the Tysoe carol singers.
With the exception of the 3rd stanza the words given in the text are those which Mrs. Phillips and her sister, Mrs. Handy, sang to me. The 3rd stanza, which Mrs. PhilHps could only partially remember, is from a version noted several years ago at East Harptree, Somerset. In another variant which I collected in Kent this stanza runs as follows:—
In yonder garden green doth grow,
As green as any leek;
Our Lord our God He waters us
with His heavenly dew so sweet.
Other versions with tunes are printed in The Folk-Song Society's Journal, Sussex Songs, English County Songs, Shropshire Folk-Lore, Songs of the West, and Carols New and Old (Bramley and Stainer); with words only, in Sandys's Christmas Carols, etc., and on broadsides by Evans, Thompson and others.