Dives and Lazarus (I), Lyric Variant 02


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Dives and Lazarus (I), Lyric Variant 02


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. There is significant lamination-related creasing on the document. There are two minor tears at the right edge. There is a minor tear at the left lower edge. There is a paper clip rust stain at the middle upper edge. There are several stains of unknown origin throughout the document. There is a "9" handwritten at the upper 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 singing.

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 tormenting 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 02

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

214 mm x 279 mm

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Paul L. Robertson

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