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Saint Stephen and Herod St. Stephen was a serving-man In Herod's royal hall. He serv-ed him with meat and wine That doth to kings befall. He was serving him with meat, one day, With a boar's head in his hand, When he saw a star come from the East And over Bethlehem stand. St. Stephen was a righteous man And in his faith was bold, He was waiting for the birth of Christ As by the prophets told. He cast the Boar's head on the floor And let the server fall,; He said, "Behold a child is born That is better than us all." Then quickly he went to Herod's room And unto him did say, "I am leaving thee, King Herod, And will proclaim thy wicked ways." Child #22 From Ballads Migrant in New England, Flanders Collected from Charles Fenimore, Maine, 1942 RG
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