DIVES AND LAZARUS

Trad. arr. Cooper / Jones / Lax / Prosser / Telfer
Complete Music Ltd 1990

First released on: Freedom and Rain, 1990  (COOK CD 031)


as it fell out upon one day
rich Diverus he made a feast
and he invited all his friends
and gentry of the best

then Lazarus laid him down and down
even down at Diverus' door
some meat, some drink, brother Diverus
do bestow upon the poor

thou art none of mine, brother Lazarus that lies begging at my door no meat, no drink Iíll give to thee nor bestow upon the poor then Lazarus laid him down and down even down at Diverus' wall some meat, some drink, brother Diverus or with hunger starve I shall thou art none of mine, brother Lazarus that lies begging at my wall no meat, no drink Iíll give to thee but with hunger starve you shall then Lazarus laid him down and down even down at Diverus' gate some meat, some drink, brother Diverus for Jesus Christ His sake thou art none of mine, brother Lazarus that lies begging at my gate no meat, no drink Iíll give to you for Jesus Christ His sake then Diverus sent out his serving men to whip poor Lazarus away they had no power to whip one whip and they threw their whips away then Diverus sent out his hungry dogs to worry poor Lazarus away but they had no power to bite one bite and they licked his sores away as it fell out upon one day poor Lazarus sickened and died there came two angels out of Heaven his soul thereto to guide rise up, rise up brother Lazarus come along with me there's a place for you in Heaven sitting on an angel's knee as it fell out all on one day Diverus sickened and died there came two serpents out of Hell his soul thereto to guide rise up, rise up brother Diverus come along with me there is a place for you in Hell sitting on a serpent's knee Diverus lifted up his eyes and he saw poor Lazarus blessed a drop of water brother Lazarus for to quench my flaming thirst if I had as many years to live as there are blades of grass I would make it in my will secure that the Devil should have no power Hell is dark, Hell is deep Hell is full of mice it's a pity that any poor sinful soul should be barred from our saviour Christ