I Borrow Hymnbooks






I Borrow Hymnbooks

I borrow hymnbooks
From every church I go.
I’ve got quite a set
To you I’d like to show.

When I was a child
I took a Youngsters Sing book,
Spiral bound.
But I was not a crook.

Then in my college days
I went to the church yonder.
Just one, I sticky-fingered there
But I would not it squander.

Starting my employment
From church to church I’d roam.
Needing one here and there
To practice at my home.

By that time
A large collection I had.
But I didn’t
Do anything that bad.

Later on in life
I stayed at one church.
But they changed books 3 times
So I needed each to search.

I have a choice now
Of so many songs.
But really
I’ve done nothing wrong.

I’ve borrowed hymnbooks
From every church I’ve gone
I’ve got quite a set
Now to Hymnbooks Anon.

— Charles B. Mayes

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