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Posted By: Joe Offer
14-Jul-12 - 04:35 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Priest and the Nuns
Subject: ADD Version: The Priest and the Nuns
Here's the text from Frederick Pease Harlow's book Chanteying Aboard American Ships, page 167


A priest in Austria thought one day,
Ho! Ho! Ho!
He'd go to France without delay.
Hal-ler-al-le-re. Hal-ler-al-le-ra.
He'd go to France without delay.
Hal-ler-al-le-re Ho! Ho!

So when the father came to France,
'Twas seven sick nuns he found by chance.

He saw these nuns in a convent yard,
All lying down on benches hard.

He gave these nuns his calling card,
And asked, "May I come in the yard?"

To one he asked what he could do,
"I'm priest as well as doctor too."

A sick nun then in quick reply
Said, "Treat me, Father, ere I die."

With cane in hand (a walking stick)
He touched the nun so very sick.

The others quickly ran to see,
And asked the priest, "What could it be?"

"A medicine stick in my hand I hold
To cure all sick nuns in my fold."

Another nun that laid close by
Cried, "Father, none so sick as I."

He treated all the nuns alike
And said he'd call another night.

Their money gone, they looked in vain
For the priest that carried a walking cane.