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136 AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS
That's my wife, my darling Minnie, once my house­hold pride and joy.
Just an hour ago I brought them from the river's fatal
tide, Laid them here where now you see them, all together
side by side. Strangers, if you'll turn to listen to my story long and
sad, You'll confess it is no wonder that today I'm almost
mad.
We were seated at the table chatting in a happy mood, When we heard a mighty rushing like some great and
awful flood, Nearer! nearer! came the water, till at last it reached
our home, O the horror of the moment when we realized our
doom!
' Not one moment did we tarry, but with cheeks and
brow aglow Climbed we to the topmost chamber for how long I do
not know, Then I clasped my wife and children to my chilled and
aching heart For I saw that soon or later we would surely have to
part.
Faster, faster rushed the waters; tighter, tighter grew my grasp