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MINSTRELS AND MAIDS


News, news of the Trinity,
   The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
And Mary and Joseph from over the sea!
   Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the floor.

For as we wandered far and wide,
   The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
What hap do you deem there should us betide!
   Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the floor.

Under a bent when the night was deep,
   The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
There lay three shepherds tending their sheep.
   Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the floor.

"O ye shepherds, what have ye seen,
   The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
To slay your sorrow, and heal your teen?"
   Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the floor.

" In an ox-stall this night we saw,
   The snow in the street and the wind on the door.
A babe and a maid without a flaw.
   Minstrels and maids, stand forth on the floor.