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The deacon went astray
Additional title: Once a rich old deacon who was good as he could be, had both his sanctimonious feet cut off below the knee. [first line]
Additional title: The deacon went astray, for his new feet ran away. [first line of chorus]
Bodine, Lester (Composer)
Bodine, Lester (Lyricist)
Packard, E. H. (Composer)
Packard, E. H. (Lyricist)
Foy, Eddie (1856-1928) (Singer)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1895

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1895
Place: New York ; London
Publisher: The S. Brainard's Sons Co. ; Chas. Sheard & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Humorous songs
Content: Cover includes a photograph of Eddie Foy.
Content: Dealer's stamp on cover at lower right: Texas Music Supply House, Beaumont, Texas.
Content: Dedication on cover at top center: Dedicated to Mr. Arthur G. Smiles.
Content: On cover: Sung with popular approval by Eddie Foy in Little Robinson Crusoe. A great comedy song. Something new and catchy.
Content: Texts for verses 1-3 underscored in music; texts for verses 4 and 5 printed on page 2.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by Lester Bodine and E.H. Packard.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 1d042aa0-c590-012f-9ae3-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1895: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The deacon went astray" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1895.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The deacon went astray" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 4, 2020.

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1895). The deacon went astray Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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The deacon went astray