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The Wages of Sin - (Lost Jimmy Whelan) - An Iona Inspired Song

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Uploaded on Oct 1, 2010

The Wages of Sin - An Iona Inspired Song

Text: Trad. & pastor Per Grunnet
Melody: Lost Jimmy Whelan

The Iona community excels in writing beautiful christian texts for traditional melodies. This is my own attempt.

Text:
All alone as I strayed by the banks of the river
Watching the moonbeams as evening drew nigh
All alone as I rambled, I spied a fair damsel
Weeping and wailing with many a sigh.

Weeping for one who is now lying lowly
Mourning for one whom Lord Jesus had saved
As the foaming dark water flow gently about him
Onward they speed over young Jimmy's grave.

She cried, "Oh, my darling, please come to me quickly
Give me fond kisses that oft-times you gave
You promised to meet me this evening, my darling
So now, lovely Jimmy, please come to your grave."

Slowly he came on the dark, stormy waters
A vision of beauty as fair as the sun
Saying "I have returned from the regions of glory
To be in your dear loving arms once again."

"Oh, Jimmy, why can't you tarry here with me
Not leave me alone, so distracted in pain."
He said: "Death is the dagger that cuts us asunder
So wide is the gulf, love, between you and I."

Slowly he rose from the banks of the river
Up to the heavens I then saw him go
Leaving his maiden, all weeping and mourning
There on the banks of the river below.

All alone as I strayed by the banks of the river
Watching the moonbeams as evening drew nigh
All alone as I rambled, I spied a fair damsel
Weeping, but praying with many a sigh.

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