"May the Bright Star of Temperance Shine Through the World" [Broadside]. [Temperance]. [Great Britain]. Lines by a Reformed Drunkard, Writing for the Benefit of His Fellow-Men. Northampton, England: Henson, Printer, [c.1850]. 10" x 7-1/4" broadside mounted on 10-1/2" x 8" sheet, verse text, with prose sections in dialogue, in two columns below headline, columns separated by rules. Light toning, light browning to top and bottom edges. $500. * A verse ballad on the horrors of drink and the virtues of temperance written in the voice of a "reformed drunkard." Final stanzas: "May the bright star of Temperance shine through the world/ From his chains may the drunkard be free,/ May our wives be well fed, and our children's hearts glad,/ When the drunkard his folly does see;/ Let us join in a band and united all be,/ From teetotalism never fall back,/ And as for the landlords and landladys too,/ Let them grin as we give them the sack./ Heigho! come join the teetotlers and never more roam,/ But comfort your wives and your children at home." OCLC locates 1 copy at UCLA; Library Hub locates 1 at the National Library of Scotland. We located a 3rd copy at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Roud Folk Song Index V16156.
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