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5.1 dashed it out and left the place; And bowed my knees in redeeming grace; Five sober years have passed away Since first I bowed my knees to pray.
6. So I went home to change my life And to see my long neglected wife; I found her kneeling by the bed, Because our infant babe was dead.
7.1 told her not to cry or weep Because our babe was just asleep; Its happy soul had fled away To live with Christ through endless days.
8.1 took her by her pale, white hands; She was so weak she could not stand; I set her down and prayed a prayer That God would only bless us there.
9. They took me through a temperance band; They led me by a social hand; The very moment faith regained, Ten thousand joys around me sprang.
10. And now I'm living a sober life;
I have a good home and a loving wife;
I pray the legislature band
To make a law throughout the land.
11. And stop all whiskey seller's scum From the mountain to the coast, That all the drunkard's cries may flee And leave the land eternally.
"A Drunkard's Confession." Copied from a manuscript in the possession of Miss MaryE. King, Gatlinburg, Sevier County, Tennessee, August, 1931.
1. On one dark and stormy night I heard and saw an awful sight. Lightning flashed and thunder rolled Around my dark, benighted soul.

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