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A Selection Of The Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch

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' Rise up, rise up, brother Dives,
And go with us to see A dismal place, prepared in hell,
To sit on a serpent's knee.'
Then Dives look'd up with his eyes,
And saw poor Lazarus blest: ' Give me one drop of water, brother Lazarus,
To quench my flaming thirst.
' Oh had I as many years to abide
As there are blades of grass, Then there would be an end, but now
Hell's pains will ne'er be past!
' Oh was I now but alive again,
The space of one half hour ! Oh that I had my peace secure!
Then the devil should have no power.'
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