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I Cannot Come to the Banquet

Miriam Therese Winter

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I cannot come, I cannot come to the banquet, don't trouble me now. I've married a wife; I've bought me a cow. I have fields and commitments that cost a pretty sum. Pray, hold me excused, I cannot come.
1 A certain man held a feast on his fine estate in town. He laid a festive table and he wore a wedding gown. He sent invitations to his neighbors far and wide, but when the meal was ready, each of them replied: (Chorus) 2 The master rose up in anger, called his servants by name, said: "Go into the town, fetch the blind and the lame, fetch the peasant and the pauper, for this I have willed, my banquet must be crowded, and my table must be filled. (Chorus) 3 When all the poor had assembled, there was still room to spare, so the master demanded: "Go search every where, to the highways and the byways and force them to come in. My table must be filled before the banquet can begin. (Chorus) 4 Now God has written a lesson for the rest of the mankind; If we're slow in responding, he may leave us behind. He's preparing a banquet for that great and glorious day— when the Lord and Master calls us, be certain not to say: (Chorus)
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THE WEDDING BANQUET, composed by Miriam Therese Winter.

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