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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleOne God made us all
Roud No.815
Collected FromTanner, Charles
LocationBampton
CountyOxfordshire
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Tune
Date
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 3 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 216
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 15th July, 1916, p 3, Part 37, No. 3: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 186
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Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Come, all you worthy Christians, that are so very poor,
Remember how poor Lazarus sat at the rich man's door,
A-begging for those crumbs of bread that from his table fell;
Our Scripture does inform us his soul in heaven does dwell.

Verse 2

Remember Job, the patient man, he was a rich man in the East,
Soon he was brought to poverty and his sorrows did increase;
He bore them all with patience, and never did repine,
But always trusted in the Lord, and he soon came rich again.

Verse 3

Though poor, I am contented, no riches do I crave,
There is nothing else but vanity on this side of the grave;
All you that roll in riches, your glass will soon run out,
No riches you brought into this world, nor none can you carry out.

Verse 4

Now soon that time might quickly come when parted we must be,
Eitherwise in joy, or else in misery;
And we must all account then give, both great as well as small -
Remember, all good people, 'twas one God made us all.
 
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Notes
Williams, Alfred: Ms / FSUT: 'I first heard this song at South Marston, in this way. I was talking to an old villager, aged ninety five, and he told me his father, among others, sang a piece entitled 'One God made us all'. I immediately began to inquire for it, and within a week discovered it at Brize Norton and Bampton. The copy was given me by Charles Tanner, Bampton, Oxfordshire.'

Williams, Alfred: WGS: 'I first heard of the song at South Marston, in this way. I was talking to an old villager, aged ninety five, and he told me his father, among others, sang a piece entitled 'One God made us all'. I immediately began to inquire for it, and within a week discovered it in two places - near Brize Norton, and at Bampton. The copy was given me by Charles Tanner, Bampton, Oxfordshire.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.

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