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Dives and Lazarus

This song is by Nic Jones and appears on the live compilation album Unearthed (2001) and on the live compilation album Game Set Match (2006).

As it fell out all on the day rich Divers held a feast
And he invited all his friends and gentry of the best
As it fell out all on a day Lazarus he was so poor
He went and laid him down and down right down at Divers door

And Lazarus laid him down and down right down at Divers door
Some meat some drink brother Divers or surely starve I shall
You are none of mine brother Lazarus lying begging at my door
No meat nor drink shall I give to thee and so surely starve you shall

And so Divers sent out out his merry men all for to whip poor Lazarus away
They had not the power to whip one whip but they threw their whips away
So Divers sent out his hungry dogs for to bite poor Lazarus away
They had not the power to bite one bite but they licked his wounds away

As it fell out all on a day Lazarus he sickened and died
There came two angels out of Heaven his soul thereto to guide
Rise up rise up brother Lazarus and go along with me
There is a place prepared in Heaven for you to sit upon an angel's knee

And it fell out all on one day Divers he sickened and died
There came two serpents out of hell his soul thereto to guide
Rise up rise up brother Divers and go along with me
There is a place prepared in Hell for you to rot in purgatory

Credits Edit

  • Traditional/Arranged Nic Jones
  • Child Ballad #56
  • Roud Folk Song Index #477

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