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DIVES AND LAZARUS




As it fell out upon one day,
Rich Divès made a feast,
And he invited all his friends,
And gentry of the best.


Then Lazarus laid him
down and down
And down at Divès’ door:
“Some meat and drink,
brother, Diverus,
Bestow upon the poor.”


“Thou’rt none of my
brothers, Lazarus,
That liest begging at my door;
No meat, nor drink will I give thee,
Nor bestow upon the poor.”


Then Lazarus laid him
down and down,
All under Divès’ wall:
“Some meat, some drink,
brother Diverus,
For hunger starve I shall.”


“Thou’rt none of my
brothers, Lazarus,
That liest begging at my gate;
No meat, no drink will I give thee,
For Jesus Christ His sake.”


Then Divès sent out
his hungry dogs,
To bite him as he lay;
They hadn’t the power to bite one bite,
But licked his sores away.


Then Divès sent to his merry men,
To worry poor Lazarus away;
They’d not the power
to strike one stroke,
But flung their whips away.


As it fell out upon one day,
Poor Lazarus sickened and died;
There came two angels out of heaven,
His soul therein to guide.


“Rise up! rise up! brother Lazarus,
And go along with me;
For you’ve a place prepared in heaven,
To sit on an angel’s knee.”


As it fell out upon one day,
Rich Divès sickened and died;
There came two serpents out of hell,
His soul therein to guide.


“Rise up! rise up! brother Diverus,
And come along with me;
There is a place provided in hell
For wicked men like thee.”


Then Divès looked up with his eyes
And saw poor Lazarus blest;
“Give me one drop of water,
brother Lazarus,
To quench my flaming thirst.”


“O, was I now but alive again
The space of one half hour!
O, that I had my peace again
Then the devil should have no power.”

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates:
      Bible Refs: Lk 16:20;
      MUSIC
      Name: DILWYN
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1920

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