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Past three o’clock


George Ratcliff Woodward


Charles Wood


(London Waits) The refrain is old, the remainder is by George Ratcliff Woodward


Past three o’clock,
   on a cold frosty morning,
past three o'clock,
   good morrow masters all.

Born is a baby
   gentle as may be,
son of the Eternal
   Father supernal.

Seraph choir singeth,
   angel bell ringeth,
hark how they rhyme it,
   time it and chime it!

Mid earth rejoices
   hearing such voices.
ne'ertofore so well
   carolling nowell!

Hinds o'er the pearly
   dewy lawn early
seek the high stranger
   laid in the manager.
  Cheese from the dairy
   bring they for Mary,
and, not for money,
   butter and honey.

Light out of star-land
   leadeth from far land
princes, to meet him,
   worship and greet him.

Myrrh from full coffer,
   incense they offer;
nor is the golden
   nugget withholden.

Thus they: I pray you,
   up sirs, nor stay you
till ye confess him
   likewise and bless him.


Past three O Clock - Woodward arr Wood

Created 11-Dec-08 Revised 20-Apr-09

Past three o’clock

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