The Jew's Garden

The Jew's Garden
Earlye one morning,
The snow was very deep,
And out come two pretty little boys,
All for to play a ball.
As sung by Lemmy Brazil, Gloucester 5 January 1966 and 29 September 1967 (Springthyme 67.1.36
& 67.6.31). In: Shepheard, Peter. Folk Songs and Ballads of the Brazil Family of Gloucester (1967). A version of Sir Hugh or The Jew’s Daughter Child 155.

Earlye one morning,
The snow was very deep,
And out come two pretty little boys,
All for to play a ball.

They tossed it up so very high,
They tossed it down so low,
They tossed it over in the Jew’s garden,
Where the Jew’s do lay by low.

Out come one of the Jew’s daughters,
She was all dressed up in green;
She said, “Come in my pretty little boy,
You shall have your ball again.”

She showed him a (h)apple as green as grass,
And next she showed him a fig;
She showed him a cherry as red as blood,
That’s how she ’ticed him in.

She set him in her golden chair,
She gave him sugar sweet;
She laid him on the chest of drawers,
And stabbed him like a sheep.

“Put a Bible at my head,
An’ a testament at my feet,
An’ if my mother should come this way,
Don’t tell her I’m dead, I’m asleep.


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