Dives and Lazarus (I), Lyric Variant 01


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Dives and Lazarus (I), Lyric Variant 01


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. The upper left corner, the lower right corner, and the lower left corner were folded into the laminate. There is minor fraying along the upper edge. There is a minor tear hole at the middle right edge. There is acid-related staining at the upper left corner and at the lower left corner.


Ballads, English -- North Carolina Avarice -- Songs and music Poverty -- Songs and music Heaven -- Songs and music Hell -- Songs and music

Alternative Title

Lazarus. The Moon Shines Bright. Diverus and Lazarus. Lazarus and Dives


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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The Rich Man and Lazarus

There was a man in ancient times,
The scriptures doth inform us,
Whose pomp and grandeur and whose crimes
Were great and very numerous.
This rich man fared sumptuously each day,
And was dressed in purple fine linen,
He ate and drank, but scorned to pray,
And spent his day in sinning.

A poor man lay at the rich man’s gate,
To help himself unable,
And there he lay to humbly wait
For the crumbs from his rich table.
But not one crumb would this happy cure (epicure)
Ever aye pretend to send him,
The dogs took pity and licked his sores,
More ready to befriend him.

This poor man died at the rich man’s gate,
Where angel bands attended,
Straightway to Abraham’s bosom flown,
Where all his sorrows ended.
This rich man died and was buried, too,
But O his dreadful station,
With Abraham and Lazarus both in view
He landed in damnation.

He cried, "O Father Abraham,
Send Lazarus with cold water,
For I’m tormented in these flames
With these inhuman tortures.
Says Abraham: "Son, remember well,
You once did God inherit,
But now at last your doom’s in hell
Because you would not cherish.

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Dives and Lazarus (I), Lyric Variant 01

Document Title

The Rich Man and Lazarus


I. G. Greer

Geographic Location

Zionville, Watauga County, North Carolina

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Scholarly Classification

Child, 56 Brown, Older Ballads - Mostly British - 54 Sharp, 84

Dimensions - Original

210 mm x 272 mm

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Transcribed By

Leila E. Weinstein