Old Adam (Early to Rise - A Sussex Boyhood, Bob Copper
When Adam was first created
And Lord of the universe crowned
His happiness was not completed
Until that a helpmate was found.
He had all things in food that were wanting
To keep and support him in life,
He'd horses and foxes for hunting,
Which some men love more than a wife.
He'd a garden so planted by nature
Men cannot produce in his life,
But yet the all-wise Creator
Still saw that he wanted a wife.
Then Adam he lay in a slumber
And there he lost part of his side,
And when he awoke with a wonder,
He beheld his most beautiful bride.
In transport he gazed upon her,
His happiness now was complete,
He praised his beautiful donor,
Who had thus bestowed on him a mate.
She was not took out of his head,sir,
To reign and to triumph o'er man;
Nor was she took out of his feet, sir,
By man to be trampled upon.
But she was took out of his side, sir,
His equal and partner to be,
But as they're united in one, sir
The man is the top of the tree.
Then let not the fair be despised
By man, as she's part of himself,
For woman by Adam was prized
More than the whole world full of wealth.
Man without woman's a beggar,
Suppose the whole world he possessed;
And the beggar that's got a good woman
With more than the world he is blest.