Come All You Worthy Christian Men
DESCRIPTION: The singer warns Christians to behave properly, remembering Job and Lazarus. First verse: "Come all you worthy Christian men That dwell upon this land, Don't spend your time in rioting, Remember you're but man...."
EARLIEST DATE: before 1867 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 13(263))
KEYWORDS: warning religious Bible
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Williams-Thames, p. 186, "One God Made Us All" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 216)
Sharp-100E 91, "Come All You Worthy Christian Men" (1 text, 1 tune)
OBC 60, "Job" (1 text, 4 tunes)
ADDITIONAL: Maud Karpeles, _Folk Songs of Europe_, Oak, 1956, 1964, p. 47, "Come All You Worthy Christian Men" (1 text, 1 tune)
Bodleian, Harding B 13(263), "One God Has Made Us All" ("Come all you worthy Christians") , J. Harkness (Preston), 1840-1866; also Firth b.34(297a), Harding B 13(264), "One God Has Made Us All"; Johnson Ballads 2291, Johnson Ballads 2292, Harding B 13(265), "One God Made Us All"; Harding B 11(1883), Firth b.34(156), "Job, the Patient Man"
cf. "Rounding the Horn" (tune)
NOTES [95 words]: The story of Lazarus is a parable of Jesus, recounted in Luke 16:19-31 (the Lazarus of John 11, 12 is unrelated). Thus there never was an actual Lazarus who lay at a rich man's door; he was simply an example.
The case of Job is, to say the least, more complicated. The Bible does indeed report that he was "the richest [man] in the east" (Job 1:3), that "he was brought to poverty" (Job 1:13-19), and that he "soon got rich again" (Job 42:10f.). But it can hardly be said that Job bore all this uncomplainingly; most of Job chapters 3-30 are devoted to his complaints! - RBW
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