Demon Drink and Teetotalism view7



Source:
DSM178/A
ALLIANCE TEMERANCE MELODIST
The Temperance Societies and Bands of Hope of Australia.
Sydney. 1880s Smith & Gardiner
Small songbook. Hard cover.
Tune: Rose of Allandale
SITE SOURCE: Sydney Folklore – SECTION9: Demon drink and teetotalism

I’ve Heard The Praise of Rosy Wine

I’ve heard the praise of rosy wine,
In dulcet measure sung;
And oft with wild and loud applause,
The festive hall has rung.
Let drunkards wake their noisy harps,
And Bacchus’ praises sing –
By far the sweetest drink for me
Is water from the spring
Is water from the spring
Is water from the spring
By far the sweetest drink for me
Is water from the spring
Whenever I wander from my home
How distant, far or wide,
I fear no danger on my way,
While temperance is my guide;
While here my course I fearless steer,
Secure beneath her wing;
And health and happiness I enjoy,
By water from the spring.

She shelters me from all the ills
The drunkard knows and feels;
She gives me health and happiness,
And sorrow often heals;
Along the thorny path of life,
Oft-sweet repose she’ll bring –
Like infant’s sleep – as sweet and pure
As water from the spring.