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THE CLOCK OF LIFE IS WOUND BUT ONCE,
AND NO MAN HAS THE POWER
TO TELL JUST WHERE THE HANDS WILL STOP,
AT LATE OR EARLY HOUR.
TO LOSE ONE'S WEALTH, IS SAD INDEED,
TO LOSE ONE'S HEALTH IS MORE;
TO LOSE ONE'S SOUL IS SUCH A LOSS,
AS NO MAN CAN RESTORE.
THE PRESENT ONLY IS OUR OWN,
LIVE, LOVE, TOIL WITH A WILL--
PLACE NO FAITH IN "TOMORROW" FOR
THE CLOCK MAY THEN BE STILL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ADVICE, PREPARATION FOR DEATH ; FIRST PERSON NARRATIVE ; METER: IAMBIC ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCA ; SYMBOL METONYMY RELIGION TIME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

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'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
AND ALL THROUGH THE TOWN
ST. JOSEPH WAS SEARCHING,
WALKING UP ROADS AND DOWN.
OUR LADY WAS WAITING
SO MEEK AND SO MILD,
WHILE JOSEPH WAS SEEKING
A PLACE FOR THE CHILD.
THE CHILDREN WERE NESTLED,
EACH SNUG IN HIS BED;
AND THE GROWNUPS WOULDN'T BOTHER,
"THERE'S NO ROOM," THEY SAID.
WHEN EVEN THE INNKEEPER SENT THEM AWAY
AND JOSEPH WAS WONDERING WHERE THEY WOULD STAY,
HE THOUGHT OF THE CAVE IN THE SIDE OF THE HILL.
"LET'S GO THERE," SAID MARY, "IT'S SILENT AND STILL."
THE MOON ON THE BREAST
OF THE NEW FALLEN SNOW
MADE A PATHWAY OF LIGHT
FOR THEIR TIRED FEET TO GO.
AND IN THE CAVE
IN A CRADLE OF HAY
THE SAVIOR WAS BORN
ON THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS DAY!
THE FATHER WAS WATCHING
IN HEAVEN ABOVE,
AND SENT FOR HIS ANGELS,
HIS COURTIERS OF LOVE.
MORE RAPID THAN EAGLES,
GOD'S BRIGHT ANGELS CAME,
REJOICING AND EAGER,
AS EACH HEARD HIS NAME.
"COME POWERS, COME CHERUBS,
COME VIRTUES AND RAPHAEL;
COME THRONES AND DOMINIONS,
COME MICHAEL AND GABRIEL."
"NOW FLY TO THE EARTH
WHERE MY POOR PEOPLE LIVE,
ANNOUNCE THE GLAD TIDINGS
MY SON COMES TO GIVE!"
THE SHEPHERDS WERE WATCHING
THEIR FLOCKS ON THIS NIGHT;
AND SAW IN THE HEAVENS
AN UNEARTHLY LIGHT.
THE ANGELS ASSURED THEM
THEY'D NOTHING TO FEAR,
"IT'S CHRISTMAS," THEY SAID,
"THE SAVIOR IS HERE."
THEY HASTENED TO FIND HIM,
AND STOOD AT THE DOOR,
UNTIL MARY INVITED THEM IN
TO ADORE.
HE WAS SWADDLED IN BANDS
FROM HIS HEAD TO HIS FEET,
AND NEVER DID SHEPHERDS
SEE A BABY SO SWEET.
HE SPOKE NOT A WORD,
BUT THE SHEPHERDS ALL KNEW
HE WAS TELLING THEM SECRETS,
AND BLESSING THEM, TOO.
THEN SOFTLY THEY LEFT HIM,
THE BABE IN THE HAY,
AND REJOICED WITH GREAT JOY,
ON THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS DAY.
MARY HEARD THEM EXCLAIM
AS THEY WALKED UP THE HILL,
"GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST;
PEACE TO MEN OF GOOD WILL."

Submitter comment: SISTER BANKERT SAID THAT IT WAS A CUSTOM FOR MANY YEARS,
FOR THE SISTERS TO MAKE UP PICTURE BOOKS OF THIS POEM FOR
NIECES AND NEWPHEWS. SISTER GAVE ME THIS COPY IN 1953.

Data entry tech comment: VARIATION OF "THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS"

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): METER: ANAPESTIC ; PIOUS, THIRD PERSON NARRATIVE ; RELIGION CHRISTMAS NATIVITY ; RHYME: MASCULINE, ABCB

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Narrative Verse

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AUTOGRAPH BOOK MATERIAL (COLLECTOR'S TITLE)

WHEN THE GOLDEN SUN IS SETTING,/ AND ON EARTH NO MORE YOU TROD,
MAY YOUR NAME IN GOLD BE WRITTEN,/ IN THE ANNALS OF GOD.

Where learned: AUTOGRAPH BOOK

Keyword(s): DEATH HEAVEN ; METONYMY: NAME ; RELIGION QUATRAIN ; RHYME ABCB ; SALVATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

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PIOUS REFLECTION (CLASSIFIER'S TITLE)

IF YOU GET TO HEAVEN BEFORE I DO,/ DRILL A HOLE AND PULL ME THROUGH.

Where learned: SAINT HYACINTH GRADE SCHOOL

Keyword(s): INSTRUCTION ; RELIGION COUPLET ; RHYME: AA

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Autograph Verse Pious reflection

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DEVIL'S NECESSITY

ASHES TO ASHES
DUST TO DUST
IF THE LORD WON'T TAKE YOU
THE DEVIL MUST

Submitter comment: INFORMANT COULD REMEMBER HEARING THIS ITEM IN GRADE SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION

James Callow Keyword(s): BURIAL ; INITIAL REPETITION ; PARODY ; RHYME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb
BELIEF -- Creator
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PREDICTION: AIRPLANES

IRON DEVILS IN THE SKY
BEFORE THERE WERE AIRPLANES PEOPLE USED TO SAY, 'IT WONT BE LONG
AND THERE WILL BE IRON DEVILS IN THE SKY.'

Submitter comment: INFORMANT REMEMBERS THIS FROM HER FATHER WHO WAS COMMENTING ON WHAT
OTHER PEOPLE HAD THOUGHT ABOUT THE INVENTIONS BEING MADE AROUND THE
TURN OF THE CENTURY. OBVIOUSLY SOME PEOPLE WERE RATHER AGAINST SOME
OF THE INVENTIONS BEING MADE AT THAT TIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMAN CREATIONS ; PROPHESY ; RELIGION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 10-05-1971

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PROVERB

THE BELL CALLS OTHERS TO CHURCH BUT ITSELF NEVER MINDS THE SERMON.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): ANIMATED NATURE ; HUMAN CREATIONS ; RELIGION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 11-00-1968

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PROVERB

EVERY HOUSE HAS ITS CROSS.

Submitter comment: MISS VANNESTE LEARNED THIS FROM HER FLEMISH GRANDMOTHER.

Where learned: DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; PESSIMISM ; SYMBOL ; TROUBLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 10-02-1967

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THE BIBLE

WHY SHOULDN'T YOU READ THE BIBLE?
BECAUSE THE HERO DIES IN THE MIDDLE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS ON CAMPUS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): HISTORICAL ; RELIGION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 01-00-1965

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RECOGNITION

HOW CAN YOU TELL GOD FROM THE OTHER SPIRITS IN HEAVEN?
HE HAS A BIG "G" ON HIS SWEATSHIRT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS ON CAMPUS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 01-00-1965

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NUNS AND PRIESTS

IS IT TRUE WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT NUNS AND PRIESTS?
WELL YES, HAVEN'T YOU EVER HEARD ABOUT ALTAR BOYS?

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS ON CAMPUS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-08-1965

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING EARLY

DO YOU KNOW WHY CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY THIS YEAR?
MARY FELL OFF THE DONKEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-08-1965

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CATHOLICS

WHAT'S A NEW GAME THAT THE CATHOLICS PLAY ON SUNDAY?
SWALLOW THE LEADER.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS ON THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION EUCHARIST

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 04-08-1965

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RIDDLE

DO YOU KNOW THAT THEY ARE TEARING DOWN TITAN STADIUM?
THEY ARE GOING TO BUILD HONEYMOON COTTAGES FOR THE PRIESTS.

Data entry tech comment: TITAN STADIUM IS A NICKNAME FOR THE UNIV. OF DETROIT'S STADIUM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION CATHOLICISM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 09-27-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK AND WHITE, BLACK AND WHITE, ECT.?
A NUN ROLLING DOWN A HILL.

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HER BY A FRIEND IN SCHOOL

Data entry tech comment: TO BE FOLLOWED BY THIS RIDDLE:

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): CHAIN SERIES ; COLOR ; RELIGION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-09-1967

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS BLACK AND WHITE AND RED ALL OVER?
A BLEEDING NUN

Submitter comment: TOLD TO HER BY A FRIEND IN SCHOOL

Where learned: LETTER ; TOLD IN

Keyword(s): COLOR ; RELIGION

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: 11-09-1967

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CUSTOM-BELIEF

CATHOLICS BELIEVE THAT IF YOU GO TO CHURCH NINE FIRST FRIDAYS IN A
ROW THEN THERE
WILL BE A PRIEST WITH YOU WHEN YOU DIE.

Data entry tech comment: THERE IS ONE SIMILAR ITEM IN THIS SECTION OF THE ARCHIVE

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; NORTH QUAD ; TOLD AT

Keyword(s): RELIGION

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Church
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 03-03-1971

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LYRICAL VERSE

OH, I DON'T CARE IF IT RAINS OR FREEZES,
LONG AS I HAVE MY PLASTIC JESUS,
RIDING ON THE DASHBOARD OF MY CAR;
THUNDER ROAR AND LIGHTNING CRASH,
I WON'T FEAR; HE'S ON THE DASH,
TAKE HIM WITH YOU WHEN YOU TRAVEL FAR.

OH, I CAN DRIVE FROM COAST TO COAST,
LONG AS I HAVE MY HOLY GHOST,
RIDING ON THE DASHBOARD OF MY CAR;
GOIN' NINETY I AIN'T WARY,
CAUSE I GOT MY VIRGIN MARY,
GUARANTEEIN' I WON'T GO TO HELL.

OH, I DON'T CARE IF IT'S DARK AND SCARY,
LONG AS I HAVE MY VIRGIN MARY,
RIDING ON THE DASHBOARD OF MY CAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; TOLD AT ; SAILING CLUB PARTY

Keyword(s): BIBLICAL ; FEMININE RHYME ; IMPERFECT RHYME: FREEZES JESUS ; RELIGION ; RHYME: AABCCB ; SLANG FOR DASHBOARD CLIPPING ; STATUES USED AS AMULETS IN AUTOMOBILES ; TRAVEL

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse

Date learned: 10-23-1971

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HICCUPS

TAKE A TEASPOONFUL OF SUGAR AND SAY THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
AND THE HICCUPS WILL GO AWAY.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION, EUCHARIST

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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HICCUPS

TAKE A TEASPOONFUL OF SUGAR AND THINK OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT.

Submitter comment: TOLD BY GRANDFATHER

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): RELIGION, EUCHARIST

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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