Shall e'er cold water be forgot

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1 Shall e'er cold water be forgot
When we set down to dine?
O, no, my friends, for is it not
Pour'd out by hands divine?

Pour'd out by hands divine, my friends,
Pour'd out by hands divine.
From springs and wells it gushes forth,
Pour'd out by hands divine,

2 To beauty's cheek, tho' strange it seems,
'Tis not more strange than true!
Cold water, tho' itself so pale,
Imparts the rosiest hue;

Imparts the rosiest hue, my friends,
Imparts the rosiest hue,--
Yes, Beauty in a water-pail,
Imparts the rosiest hue.

3 The sturdy oak, full many a cup
Doth hold up to the sky,
To catch the rain: then drinks it up,
And thus the oak gets high;
'Tis thus the oak gets high, my friends,
'Tis thus the oak gets high,
By having water in its cup,
Then why not you and I?

4 Then let cold water armies give
Their banners to the air;
So shall the boys like oaks be strong,
The girls like tulips fair;
The girls like tulips fair, my friends,
The girls like tulips fair;
The boys shall grow like sturdy oaks,
The girls like tulips fair,

Source: Linden Harp: a rare collection of popular melodies adapted to sacred and moral songs, original and selected. Illustrated. Also a manual of... #62

Author: John Pierpont

Pierpont, John, son of James Pierpont, of Litchfield, Connecticut, was born at Litchfield, April 6, 1785, and educated at Yale College, where he graduated in 1804. After fulfilling engagements as a Tutor in New Haven, and in Charlestown, South Carolina, he was admitted to the Bar in 1812. Shortly after he retired and went into business, only to leave it also, and to pass on to Harvard College as a student in theology. In 1819 he succeeded Dr. Holley as the pastor of the Unitarian congregation in Hollis Street, Boston. At length his zeal against intemperance and slavery caused him to resign his charge in 1840 [sic. 1845] (see Lothrop's Proceedings of an Eccl. Council in the case of the Hollis Street Meeting and the Rev. J. Pierpont). At this… Go to person page >

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First Line: Shall e'er cold water be forgot
Author: John Pierpont
Copyright: Public Domain



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