Here JOSEPH shall come in, leading an ass, on which are seated MARY and the CHILD.HERE will we rest us, under these
|Oerhanging branches of the trees,|
|Where robins chant their Litanies|
| And canticles of joy.|
JOSEPH.My saddle-girths have given way
|With trudging through the heat to-day;|
|To you I think it is but play|
| To ride and hold the boy.|
MARY.Hark! how the robins shout and sing,
|As if to hail their infant King!|| 10|
|I will alight at yonder spring|
| To wash his little coat.|
JOSEPH.And I will hobble well the ass,
|Lest, being loose upon the grass,|
|He should escape; for, by the mass,|| 15|
| He s nimble as a goat.|
Here MARY shall alight and go to the spring.
MARY.O Joseph! I am much afraid,
|For men are sleeping in the shade;|
|I fear that we shall be waylaid,|
| And robbed and beaten sore!|
Here a band of robbers shall be seen sleeping, two of whom shall rise and come forward.
DUMACHUS.Cocks soul! deliver up your gold!
JOSEPH.I pray you, Sirs, let go your hold!
|You see that I am weak and old,|
| Of wealth I have no store.|
DUMACHUS.Give up your money!
TITUS. Prithee cease.
|Let these people go in peace.|
DUMACHUS.First let them pay for their release,
| And then go on their way.|
TITUS.These forty groats I give in fee,
|If thou wilt only silent be.|| 30|
MARY.May God be merciful to thee
| Upon the Judgment Day!|
JESUS.When thirty years shall have gone by,
|I at Jerusalem shall die,|
|By Jewish hands exalted high|| 35|
| On the accursed tree,|
|Then on my right and my left side,|
|These thieves shall both be crucified,|
|And Titus thenceforth shall abide|
| In paradise with me.|
Here a great rumor of trumpets and horses, like the noise of a king with his army, and the robbers shall take flight.