As it fell out upon one day, rich Diverus he made a feast.
And he invited all his friends and gentry of the best.
And it fell out upon one day, poor Lazarus he was so poor,
He came and laid him down and down, ev'n down at Diverus' door.
So Lazarus laid him down and down, ev'n down at Diverus' door.
"Some meat, some drink, brother Diverus, do bestow upon the poor."
"Thou art none of mine, brother Lazarus, lying begging at my door,
No meat, no drink will I give thee, nor bestow upon the poor."
Then Diverus sent his merry men all to whip poor Lazarus away.
They had not power to whip one whip, but threw their whips away.
Then Diverus sent out his hungry dogs, to bite poor Lazarus away.
They had not power to bite one bite, but licked his sores away.
And it fell out upon one day, poor Lazarus he sickened and died.
There came two angels out of heaven his soul thereto to guide.
"Rise up, rise up, brother Lazarus, and come along with me,
There is a place prepared in heaven for to sit upon an angel's knee."
From "English County Songs" by Lucy E. Broadwood and J. A. Fuller-Maitland, 1898
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