Sung by: Mrs. Ollie Gilbert
Recorded in Timbo, AR 10/13/60

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There were a little family
Who lived in Bethany.
Two sisters and the brother
Composed the family.
While they were living so happy,
So good, pure and kind,
Their brother was afflicted
And by disease confined.
When Jesus heard the tidings,
Far in a distant land,
So quickly did he hasten
To see the holy land.

When Martha saw him coming,
She met him on the way,
And told him of her brother,
Who’d died and passed away.
When Mary saw him coming,
She ran and met him too.
Fell at his feet a-weeping,
Rehearsed their tale of woe.
When Jesus saw her weeping,
He fell a-weeping, too,
And wept until they showed him,
Where Lazarus lay entombed.

He rolled away the stone,
Looked into the grave,
And prayed to his heavenly father,
His loving friend to raise.
He rolled back the cover,
Looked into the gloomy mound,
And as the breath was given
He walked up on the ground.

If we would only but love Jesus,
And do his blessed will,
Like these two loving sisters,
He’d always treat us well,
And at death he would redeem us,
And carry us to the sky,
And there we’d live forever,
Where pleasure never dies.

Also found in Randolph, Vol. IV, #614; Brown, Vol. III, #615; Belden, p. 447; “The Little Family.”

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