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GUEST,Snuffy Lyr Add: NZ Folksongs (23) Lyr Add: Goliath of Garth 05 May 00


My mother was at teacher training college in the early 1940s, where they used to sing a version of your Goliath song. As the college was run by the church (St Hild's College), even their comic songs had to be on biblical themes and set to hymn tunes!

Goliath of Gath, with a helmet of brass
Was seated one day upon the green grass.
Along came young David, the servant of Saul,
And said I will smite you, although I'm so small.

Then David he took some stones from the brook
And fastened a sling from pieces of string
And with his suspender he let the sling fly
And caught poor Goliath a bat in the eye.

Goliath he swore, and likewise he spake
- - - (She can't remember this line)
The air all around them was turning quite blue.
He spake all the old words, and thought of some new.

Wassail! V

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