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Old Grimes

Music By: Arranged by Alfred M. Durham
Voices: Unison
Additional Information: This setting by Michael Smurthwaite
Description: Eulogy of an honorable old gentleman.

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Lyrics:

1.Old Grimes is dead that good old man, We never see him more;

He wore a single breasted coat, That buttoned down before.

His heart was open as the day, His feelings all were true;

His hair it was inclined to gray, He wore it in a queue.

 

2.When e'er was heard the voice of pain, His breast with pity burned;

The large round head upon his cane, From ivory was turned.

Thus ever prompt at pity's call, He knew no base design;

His eyes were dark and rather small, His nose was aquiline

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3.He lived at peace with all mankind, In friendship he was true;

His coat had pocket holes behind, His pantaloons were blue,

But poor old Grimes is now at rest, Nor fears misfortune's frown;

He had a double breasted vest, The stripes ran up and down.

 

4.He modest merits sought to find, And pay it it's deserts;

He had no malice in his mind, No ruffles on his shirts.

His neighbors he did not abuse, Was sociable and gay;

He wore not rights and lefts for shoes, But changed them ev'ry day.

 

5.His knowledge hid from public gaze, He never brought to view;

He made a noise town meeting days, as many people do.

Thus undismayed by anxious cares, His peaceful moments ran;

And ev'ry body said he was A fine old gentleman.



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