John Speller's Web Pages The Twelve Joys of Mary

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The Twelve Joys of Mary
This curious carol was one of a number collected by Alice Elizabeth Gillington (1863-1934), a clergyman's daughter and student of gypsy culture who herself spent the last quarter century of her life as a gypsy. There were numerous versions of the carol of the Joys of Mary, dealing variously with her Five, Seven, Ten or Twelve Joys. This version is from southern Hampshire.

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Fifteenth-century altarpiece of the "Joys of Mary." Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
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