When the robin builds in the holly tree It's a sign of life, its gentle victory Well, today as I set to go I saw a nest in a tree hollow
Oh Emily, you're a brave girl With your husband gone to the other world Sing a hymn while I light the fire We'll be joined by a heavenly choir
Here's the tansy and the chamomile tea for you to drink As the pain increases, well you only have to think About a baby. We'll save the baby
I placed a holly sprig by the doctor's door He has done this well and many times before He'll be careful which way he goes But he's been kind to us farm widows
And this I heard just the other day That they came to buy, and you chose to stay Soon a child will help you reap and sow May he cast a long shadow
But you say the trials are coming, you have felt the gathering forces And the galloping you hear is of one too many horses But rest your head my darling girl, there won't be any danger Any Christian ever loved an infant in a manger Saves the baby. They'll save the baby
Now the pastor comes, shakes the farmer's hand Says, "The earth will bear like the promised land" You have heard the stories down below But God will bless this farm hollow?
Now the farmer's wife shudders, pulls the shawl up to her shoulder Every time she nears the hearth she feels a little colder Where's the baby? There was a baby