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The Drunkard's Hell
2.1 raised my head and saw below Where all the dying drunkards go. My awful thoughts, no tongue can tell. Is this my place in a drunkard's hell ?
3. Around me stood a weeping crowd With bloodshot eyes and voices loud. I heard a higher voice tell, Is this my place in a drunkard's hell ?
4.1 went on, got there at last, I thought I'd take a social glass; And every time I stirred it well, I'd think about the drunkard's hell.
5.1 dashed it down and left the place, Seeking to find redeeming grace. That very moment grace begun Ten thousand joys around me sprung.
6.1 went to change my life And longed to see my neglected wife. I found her weeping over the bed Because her infant babe was dead.
7.1 told her not to mourn and weep, For little babe had gone to sleep. It's little soul had fled away To dwell with Christ in an endless day.
8.1 took her by the lily-white hand; She was so weak she could not stand; I let her down and prayed a prayer That God would own and bless us there.
9.1 went on to the Christian hall
To take a pledge there with them all. They took me in with a welcome hand And led me into the Christian band.
10. Five long years have passed away Since I bowed my knees to pray And now I lead a sober life In a good home with a loving wife.

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