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AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS 85
His will was good to do the deed, If they had only let him.
Singing bowówowówow, Whack folódeóriddle, Singing bowówowówow.
Straightway he came from Lambeth side
And wished the State was undone; And crossing over Vauxhall bridge
That way he came to London; That is, he would have crossed the bridge
To perpetrate his guilt, sir, But a trifling thing prevented him,
The bridge it was not built, sir.
And as he searched the dreary vaults
With portable gas light, sir, About to touch the powder train
At the witching hour of night, sir; That is, he would have used the gas,
Had he not been prevented; But gas you know, in James's time,
It hadn't been invented.
Now, when they caught him in the act,
So very near the Crown's end, They sent straightway to Bow Street for
That gay old runner Townsend; That is, they would have sent for him