Pray Remember The Poor
Words and Music: Anonymous
Source: A Broadside from the Johnson Ballads
Pitts, Printer, between 1819 and 1844
1. Now winter is come with its ice & its snow
And whose hardships were forced to endure
And its thus the cold frosty streets do we tread,
To beg you'll remember the poor.
2. Our wives and our families at home we have left
With neither fire nor provisions in store
But on your benevolence kind we do hope
And beg you'll remember the poor.
3. Our case it is hard when once like yourselves
Had a home full of comforts secure,
But misfortunes in life have blasted our hopes
And we now your kind bounty implore.
4. But alas now at home no comfort I can finde
But poverty and misery sore.
I'm compell'd by my wife and family dear
To beg you'll remember the poor
5. We hope that your children will not be like us
But fortune will give them much more,
How hard would it be if you give it a thought
That they like us should become poor;
6. Now my prayer I'll conclude and thanks I'll return
To all friends on Briton's blest shore
Whose hearts are all open and willing to give
And relieve the distress of the poor.
Johnson Ballads 1062, between 1819 and 1844
"Now winter is come with a cold chilly breath"
"Pray Remember the Poor"
"Now winter is come with its ice & its snow"
Pitts; Printer, Wholesale Toy and Marble Warehouse, 6, Great st Andrew Street, 7 dials
This very unusual broadside has two songs with similar themes: winter is coming and please remember the poor. And although the "Winter Piece" is sometimes headed as "Remember the Poor," the second song, "Pray remember the poor," is very different.
The first song, the "Winter Piece" song, is also on this website; please see Now Winter Is Come, with additional broadsides and notes.
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