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As It Fell Out Upon a DayTraditional Carol

Hymn NumberTuneComposer or SourceMeter
039Dives and LazarusTraditional CarolIrregular

1As it fell out upon a day,
Rich Dives made a feast,
And he invited all his friends,
And gentry of the best.
2Then Lazarus laid him down and down,
And down at Dives’ door;
Some meat, some drink, brother Dives,
Bestow upon the poor.
3Thou’rt none of my brother, Lazarus,
That lies begging at my door;
Nor meat nor drink will I give to thee,
Nor bestow upon the poor.
4Then Lazarus laid him down and down
And down at Dives’ wall;
Some meat, some drink, brother Dives,
Or with hunger starve I shall.
5Thou’rt none of my brother, Lazarus,
That lies begging at my wall;
Nor meat nor drink will I give to thee,
But with hunger starve you shall.
6Then Lazarus laid him down and down,
And down at Dives’ gate;
Some meat, some drink, brother Dives,
For Jesus Christ His sake.
7Thou’rt none of my brother, Lazarus,
That lies begging at my gate;
Nor meat nor drink will I give to thee,
For Jesus Christ His sake.
8Then Dives sent out his merry men,
To whip poor Lazarus away;
They had no power to strike a stroke,
But flung their whips away.
9Then Dives sent out his hungry dogs,
To bite him as he lay;
They had no power to bite at all,
But licked his sores away.
10As it fell out upon a day,
Poor Lazarus sickened and died;
There came two Angels out of Heaven,
His soul therein to guide.
11Rise up, rise up, brother Lazarus,
And come along with me;
There’s a place in Heaven prepared for thee,
To sit upon an Angel’s knee.
12As it fell out upon a day,
Rich Dives sickened and died;
There came two serpents out of Hell,
His soul therein to guide.
13Rise up, rise up, brother Dives,
And come along with me;
There’s a place in Hell prepared for thee,
To sit upon a serpent’s knee.
14Then Dives looked with burning eyes,
And saw poor Lazarus blest:
One drop of water, Lazarus,
To quench my flaming thirst!
15Oh! Had I as many years to abide
As there are blades of grass,
Then there would be an end: but now
Hell’s pains will never pass.
16Oh! Were I but alive again,
For the space of one half hour,
I would make my peace and so secure
That the Devil should have no power!
Luke16:20,2120 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

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