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Christmas Day Is Now A-drawing Near At Hand

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Sung by Mrs Prudence Handy (aged 67), Ilmington, Warwickshire, September 24th 1910. Collected by Cecil Sharp.

Christmas day is now a-drawing near at hand;
Pray, saith the Lord, and be at His command;
It's for a portion God He will provide,
And give a blessing to our souls beside.

Can you remember that man that he was made of clay?
All in this world we have got not long to stay,
This wicked world will never give content
With all the blessings which our Lord God sent.

Down in the garden where flowers grow by ranks,
Down on your knees and turn the Lord God thanks;
Down on your knees and pray both night and day,
And leave off sin and leave off pride, I pray.

Some proud and lofty do some people go,
Great many take their life and pleasure too,
They patch, they paste, they dress with idle stuff
As though God had not made them fine enough.

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