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MASTERS IN THIS HALL

   Quoth I 'Fellows mine,
      Why this guise sit ye?
   Making but dull cheer,
      Shepherds though ye be?
                    Nowell, &c.

   'Shepherds should of right
      Leap and dance and sing;
   Thus to see ye sit
      Is a right strange thing.'
                    Nowell, &c.

   Quoth these fellows then
      'To Bethlem town we go,
   To see a Mighty Lord
      Lie in manger low.'
                    Nowell, &c.

   'How name ye this Lord,
      Shepherds?' then said I.
   'Very God' they said,
      'Come from Heaven high.'
                    Nowell, &c.

   Then to Bethlem town
      We went two and two,
   And in a sorry place
      Heard the oxen low.
                    Nowell, &c.

   Therein did we see
      A sweet and goodly May,