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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:17 PM

Cherry Tree Carol

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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:15 PM

14. ... the apocryphal Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, Chapter 20, has a story that during their flight

into Egypt, Mary sits beneath a palm tree and desires its dates, but is unable to reach them. Joseph is unable to climb the tree, but when Jesus intervenes, the tree bows down to give Mary the fruit ... http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/resources/poetry/xmasp6.html

... Mary was fatigued by the excessive heat of the sun in the desert; and seeing a palm tree, she said to Joseph: Let me rest a little under the shade of this tree. Joseph therefore made haste, and led her to the palm, and made her come down from her beast. And as the blessed Mary was sitting there, she looked up to the foliage of the palm, and saw it full of fruit, and said to Joseph: I wish it were possible to get some of the fruit of this palm. And Joseph said to her: I wonder that thou sayest this, when thou seest how high the palm tree is; and that thou thinkest of eating of its fruit. I am thinking more of the want of water, because the skins are now empty, and we have none wherewith to refresh ourselves and our cattle. Then the child Jesus, with a joyful countenance, reposing in the bosom of His mother, said to the palm: O tree, bend thy branches, and refresh my mother with thy fruit. And immediately at these words the palm bent its top down to the very feet of the blessed Mary; and they gathered from it fruit, with which they were all refreshed ...

The Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew
From: Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol 8 1886 ed
Alexander Roberts, Sir James Donaldson, Arthur Cleveland Coxe - 1886
http://www.gnosis.org/library/psudomat.htm

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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:20 PM

15. ... in approximately 1884, The Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, while teaching carols to a party

of mill-girls, began to relate the carol by Dr. H. J. Gauntlett, "Saint Joseph was a-walking," when they interrupted him, saying 'Nay ! we know one a deal better nor yond;' and, lifting up their voices, they sang, to a curious old strain

Sant Joseph was an old man,
And an old man was he ;
He married sweet Mary,
And a Virgin was she.

And as they were walking
In the garden so green,
She spied some ripe cherries
Hanging over you treen


Sylvester wrote that this "a singular legend of the dark ages" was reflected in Mystery VIII of the Coventry Mysteries, which he quotes at length ...

Maria Now my spouse, I pray you to be hold
How ye cheryes growyn upon yon tre,
For to have y of ryght fayn I wold,
& it plesyd yow to labor so mech for me ...


http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/Hymns_and_Carols/Notes_On_Carols/cherry_tree_carol-notes.htm

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