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A Song with a Moral.
Air—"Deny down.'1
Twelve parsons once went to a 'Squire's to dine, Who was famous for giving good ven'son and wine; All great friends of the cloth, with good living in view, Quite grace-full they sat down, as parsons should do.
Chorus—Derry down, etc.
A wicked young whipster, our worthy 'Squire's cousin. Whispered, " Cousin, I boldly will lay you a dozen, Though here we've a dozen of parsons, God wot, Not one of the twelve has a prayer-book got!"
Derry down, etc.
"Agreed!" cried the 'Squire; " coz, we must not be loth Such a wager to lay, for the sake of the cloth; The parsons, no doubt, to confute you are able, Bo we'll bring, with the dinner, the bet on the table."
Deiry down, etc.
Dinner came—cried the 'Squire, "A new grace I will say; Has any one here got a prayer-book, pray ?" Quite glum looked the parsons, and with one accord Cried, " Mine's lost"—" Mine's at home"—" Mine's at church by the Lord!"                  Derry down, etc.
Quoth our cousin, " Dear 'Squire, I my wager have won, But another I purpose to win ere I've done: Though the parsons could not bring a prayer-book to view, I the same bet will lay they have each a corkscrew!"
Derry down, etc.
"Done—done!" roared the 'Squire.—"Hello, butler! bring
nearer That excellent magnum of ancient Madeira."
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