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.
2. In that hall there stands a bed:
It's covered all over with scarlet so red:
3. At the bed-side there lies a stone:
Which the sweet Virgin Mary knelt upon:
4. Under that bed there runs a flood:
The one half runs water, the other runs blood:
5. At the bed's foot there grows a thorn:
Which ever blows blossom sincce he was born:
6. Over that bed the moon shines bright:
Denoting our Saviour was born this night
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Source: The Oxford Book of Carols, ed. Percy Dearmer, R. Vaughan Williams and Martin Shaw.
From The Oxford Book of Carols, p. 127.
Melody and text taken from Mr. Hall, Castleton, Derbyshire, by R.l Vaughan Williams (Eight Traditional Carols), Stainer & Bell. Text unaltered except for (4) flood for 'river' (5) bed's foot for 'foot of the bed'.
Roud: 1523 (Search Roud index at VWML)
Related Songs: Down in Yon Forest (1) (thematic)