The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 1
The Ten Parsons
The Ten Parsons.
"Ten little preachers preaching love divine,
One kissed servant girl, then there were 9.
Nine little preachers preaching sinners' fate,
One got drunk, then there were 8.
Eight little preachers showing path to heaven,
One seduced a brother's wife, then there were 7.
Seven little preachers exposing Satan's tricks,
One beat his patient wife, then there were 6.
Six little preachers preaching Christ alive,
One debauched a little girl, then there were 5.
Five little preachers preaching 'sin no more,'
One raped a 'sister,' then there were 4.
Four little preachers, pure as they could be,
One raped an eight-year-old, then there were 3,
Three little preachers, pity so few,
One murdered his paramour, then there were 2.
Two little preachers following the son,
One whipped his child to death, then there was 1.
One little preacher in the fold alone,
He committed suicide, then there were none."