RECLAIMED
(The World, The Flesh and the Devil)
 
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Fair was the maid as a country-side flow'r
Nothing knew she of the world
She sought the town in a gay thoughtless hour
London that city of pleasure and pow'r
And the lip of the Devil was curled.
Many were eager their homage to pay
Knelt at the shrine of her beauty each day
Praising the charms of that sweet child of Eve
Young rou-es eyed her, and laughed up thier sleeve
And the Devil was pleased, I believe.

Chorus: Oh, maiden fair, pray have a care
Lest you get caught in that gilded snare
Standing alone in your innocence fresh
Beware of the Devil, the World and the Flesh.

Gay balls and parties turned night into day
She learned to sip sparkling wine
Lingered in corridors. listening, while
Men-about-town praised her charms with a smile
And the Devil laughed, 'Soon, she'll be mine.'
Ascot and Goodwood - fine friends and fine clothes
She, once a lily, was transformed a rose
Reckless and foolish and heedless she grew
Old ties forgot! hugged the false - spurned the true
Said the Devil, 'I'm waiting for you.'

Chorus: Oh, maiden fair, pray have a care
Lest you get caught in that gilded snare
Standing alone in your innocence fresh
Beware of the Devil, The World and the Flesh.

'Fly with me, darling,' the tempter exclaimed
'Come to a new life with me
No one need know, and you'll never be blamed
Don't hang your head, but look up, unashamed.'
And the Devil grew radiant with glee
Then, one who loved her - his sweet country flow'r
Sought out his child in her deadliest hour
'Come home, my lass, ere shame bows your bright head
Come back with me.' 'I will, father,' she said
Cried the Devil, 'Checkmate!' and fled.

Chorus: Saved from the snare, shame, and despair
True love had vanquished all danger there
Whilst on the brink, in her innocence fresh
Reclaimed from the Devil, the World and the Flesh.

 
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Performed by Gracie Grahame
 
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