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GUEST, Sminky Lyr Add: Gaskel's Comic Song Book (1841) (36) RE: Lyr Add: Gaskel's Comic Song Book (1841) 02 Jun 10


THE WOODEN LEGG'D PARSON

TUNE:- "Dumble Dum Deary"

A Barber there was named Timothy Brigs,
Quite famous he was for making good Wigs,
'Till with a lass called Beckey Bell,
Slap over the ears in love he fell.
        With his dumble dum deary, &c.

So they went to the Church the knot to tie,
To a wooden legg'd parson, one Jonathan Sly,
If you'd seen him I'm sure you'd have laughed at him plump,
As he mounted the pulpit stairs with a stump.
        With his dumble dum deary, &c.

They had only been married a week or two,
When Beckey turned out a most terrible shrew,
"No comfort I have with this woman" he said,
So I'll go back to th' Parson and I'll be un-wed.
        With his dumble dum deary, &c.

So he went to the Parson, and said, Mr. Sly,
If I stop with yond' woman I'm sure I shall die,
You know, sir, you made us two into one,
So I'm come for to know if we can't be undone.
        With his dumble dum deary, &c.

The Parson said that this is a thing rather new,
I don't know that I've power my flock to undo,
But in hopes that you'll lead a more happy life,
I'll call at your house and admonish your wife.
        With his dumble dum deary, &c.

The Barber quite pleas'd went a taking his glass,
And the Parson stumped off for to lecture the lass;
When the barber went home, laws! what should he see,
But the Parson with Beckey at top of his knee.
        Singing dumble dum deary, &c.

The Barber at this bristled up every hair,
Says he, Mr. Sly, what are you doing there;
Why you know that you wanted undoing good man,
So you see that I'm trying as hard as I can.
        With his dumble dum deary, &c.

Yes, I think I'm undone as I ne'er was before,
So he kick'd Mr. Parson streight out of door;
There he lay in the street, while his wooden leg stood
Like a spade sticking up in a cart load of mud.
        With his dumble dum deary, &c.

They lived after this rather more reconcil'd,
And in nine months from then she brought him a child,
But the Barber he hung himself up on a peg
When he found the child born with a new wooden leg.
        With his dumble dum deary, &c.


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