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Finding of Moses (Zozimus?) On Agypt's bank, contagious to the Nile The old Pharaoh's daughter went out to swim in style She took her dip and she come unto the land And for to dry her royal pelt, she ran along the strand A bullrush tripped her, whereupon she saw A smiling babby in a wad of straw She picked him up and say's she in accents mild "Thunderin' Jayzus girl, how, but which of yis owns the child!" She picked him up and she gave a little grin For she and Moses were standing in their skin "Bedad now" says she, "it was someone very rude Left the little babby be the river in his nude!" She took him to her ould lad, sitting on the throne "Da says she will you give the boy a home" "Well Bejaysus" says the King," but I often took in worse Go me darling daughter and get the child a nurse." A big, blackamoor woman, standing in the crew Cried out "Ye royal savage, sure, what's that to do with you Your royal ladies is to meek and mild To beget dishonestly this darling little child" "Well right then" says Pharaoh, "I'll search every nook From the Phoenix Park, all the way to Donnybrook And when I catch a hoult of the bastard's father I'll kick him from the Nile right sown to the Dodder" So they sent a bellman to the market square To see if he could find a skivvy there But the only one that they could find Was the little young one that left the child behind She went up to king Pharaoh's, a stranger mar-a-ya Never letting on that she was the baby's ma And so Little Moses, he got his Mammy back Shows that coincidence is a nut to crack. A Frank Harte special. Attributed to a blind beggar nicknamed Zosimus. MR apr97
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