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"The Pledge" - an 1850 song scored for a quartette

Posted 12-12-2013 at 01:42 PM by GerandTwine

And now jump forward from the last blog entry 200 years
to the year just before Maine legislated prohibition for this
- the third blog entry of an artistic rendering of sentiment
about "The Pledge".

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The Canada

......TEMPERANCE ADVOCATE,
...............................................Devoted to
Temperance, Education, Agriculture & News.
.....................................___________________
PLEDGE.-- We, the undersigned, do agree, that we will not use Intoxicating
Liquors as a Beverage, nor Traffic in them; that we will not provide them as
an article of Entertainment, nor for persons in our Employment; and that in all
suitable ways we will discountenance their use throughout the Community.

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......Vol. XVI.].............Montreal, June 15, 1850...........No. 12.
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page 184 of volume, (p.9 of issue) (musical score removed; lyrics only)
THE PLEDGE.-QUARTETTE.

At eve and morn I'll on it gaze,
...That pledge of hope for me,
My voice shall ever sing its praise;
...For it has made me free.
I'll keep it as a treasure,
...far Above earth's jewels bright,
And prize it as a polar star,
...To guide my steps aright.

I'll press it ever to my heart,
...My best, my dearest friend;
From there it never shall depart
...Till life itself shall end.
That holy pledge had pow'r to save
...When almost in the tomb:
It sav'd me from a drunkard's grave,
...And from a drunkard's doom.

I love that pledge, and none shall dare
...To take it from my side
In life 'twill ever be my care,
...My hope, my joy, and pride.
And on the ever blooming plains
...Its praises I will ring,
In loud and sweet angelic strains,
...The Pledge, The Pledge I'll sing.
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