CRIBBAGE
 
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'Twas Christmas time I went to dine,
Along with a dear old friend of mine
And spend a pleasant day, I'm sure
Altho' we only numbered four
We dined off viands rich and rare
And when we had discussed the fare
A pack of cards were soon disclosed
And cribbage was the game proposed.

Spoken - Not understanding the game, they said I should soon learn by simply counting the cards, thus....

Chorus: Fifteen two, fifteen four,
One for his nob makes one hole more
Flush all round and one, two, three
A jolly hand at cribbage is the game for me.


My partner was a lady fair, so sweetly pretty I declare
She filled my heart with love's bright flame
Till really I forgot the game
I made mis-deals, wrong hands I played
And oh such great mistakes I made
That soon I begged to be excused
But this the company all refused.

Spoken - They persuaded me to make another attempt, so bearing in mind that 'faint heart never won fair lady' back I went to....

Chorus:

I whispered when the game was over
'Fair partner tho' we've lost you've won
My heart tonight, and here I swear
That we should make a happy pair
Oh so kindly I'd behave
If you never call me knave
Tho' fortune sends us downs or jumps
Hearts they shall be always trumps.

Spoken - And, thinking to please her, I promised to thoroughly learn the game of...

Chorus:

She soon consented to be mine
We pledged it with a kiss divine
My happiness I scarce can tell
To find I've played my cards so well
Said I, 'For you, my fairest maid,
I'd condescend to wield a spade
All my clubs I will forswear
And diamonds you shall always wear.'

Spoken - Her answer made me so jolly, that I almost commenced to double shuffle. However, we soon pack up for the honeymoon, and cut away to the Continent. And of course, occupy all our leisure time with.....

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Written, composed and performed by Fred Albert (1844-1886)
 
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