Traditional English
Tune and text collected by
Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958

Down in yon forest there stands a hall:
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring:
It's covered all over with purple and pall
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything.

In that hall there stands a bed:
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring:
It's covered all over with scarlet so red:
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything.

At the bed-side there lies a stone:
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring:
Which the sweet Virgin Mary knelt upon:
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything.

Over that bed the moon shines bright:
The bells of Paradise I heard them ring:
Denoting our Saviour was born this night:
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything.


Lyrics submitted by vphi

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    General CommentI am confused at this forest carol. Seems rather druid to me. I like the tune, the style, but I am confused.
    vphion September 19, 2009   Link

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