Down in Yon Forest

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"Down in Yon Forest" (or "Down in Yon Forrest") is a traditional English Christmas carol dating to the Renaissance era, ultimately deriving from the anonymous Middle English poem known today as the Corpus Christi Carol.

The carol has been arranged in modern English by Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Jacob Niles and John Rutter, among others. It has been recorded by artists including Joan Baez (on Noël), Martyn Bates with Max Eastley, Shirley Collins, The Albion Band, Bruce Cockburn, Kemper Crabb, Burl Ives (on Christmas Day in the Morning), John McCutcheon, Jean Ritchie (on Carols for All Seasons), Bob Rowe, Andreas Scholl, Steeleye Span (on Winter), Wovenhand (on Consider the Birds), Mark Lanegan, and the choir of Clare College, Cambridge.

Lyrics[edit]

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Under that bed there runs a flood:

The bells of Paradise I heard them ring:
The one half runs water, the other runs blood:
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything.

  1. At the bed's foot there grows a thorn:

The bells of Paradise I heard them ring:
Which ever blows blossom since he was born:
And I love my Lord Jesus above anything.

  1. 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.

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