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138 AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS
They were found and carried to me, but their work on earth was done.
Sad and mournful as I stood there, saw no signs of life
or breath; O'er my heart fell deep dark shadows as I saw them
cold in death. And a flood of thought came o'er me, overwhelming
mind and heart, And my soul cried out within me, "0 my loved ones,
must we part?
Fare thee well, my wife and children, in my heart
you'll ever be Till I too shall cross the river where we will united be, Then we'll have the joy of loving as we never loved
before, Where no hearts are chilled and broken, in the sweet
THE MILWAUKEE FIRE
'Twas the gray of early morning when the dreadful cry
of fire Rang out upon the cold and piercing air; Just that little word alone is all it would require To spread dismay and panic everywhere. Milwaukee was excited as it never was before,