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Thread #158777   Message #3758738
Posted By: GUEST,ada the cadre
16-Dec-15 - 07:09 AM
Thread Name: Disappearing Carols
Subject: RE: Disappearing Carols
This atheist folkie caroller will be attending her second of four "Christmas sings" in Cornwall this week, and there are many more. Going up country for Xmas itself so missing 4 Lanes Male voice choir leading whole village in a street sing on 25th.
But what I really want are lyrics to JOSEPH CAME TO SOMERSTOWN.
I have:

Joseph came to Somerstown , behind the Euston Road,
Evicted from his caravan, and now of no abode;
Mary sought a lodging there, shelter for her head,
But all the jostling houses could offer them no bed.

Stay! O stay! Good travellers all, for God is born a man
And lies wrapped in a tablecloth within a railway van.

So Mary came to Euston, where a porter found them room
In a shunted unused guard's van half shrouded in the gloom;
And there, with no possessions, no midwife standing by,
There rang throughout the station her newborn baby's cry.
Stay! O stay! Good travellers all, for God is born a man
And lies wrapped in a tablecloth within a railway van.

The porters came, and wished her luck and brought them cups of tea,
And as the rumour spread around, there came to platform three
The other weary travellers, who travelled on Christmas Day
And offered him a tribute, then turned and went their way.

Stay! O stay! Good travellers all, for God is born a man
And lies wrapped in a tablecloth within a railway van.

Bonus points for Author & title.