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140 AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS
The crowd beneath all gazed with bated breath; They turned away their faces; there was many a stifled
groan When she jumped to meet perhaps as hard a death.
A boy stood in a window and his mother was below;
She saw him, and the danger drawing near;
With hands upraised to pray for him she knelt down
in the snow, And the stoutest men could not restrain a tear. She madly rushed toward the fire and wildly tore her
hair "Take me, 0 God, but spare my pride, my joy." She saw the flames surround him and then in dark
despair Said, "God have mercy on my only son."
63 THE FATAL WEDDING
The wedding bells were ringing
On a moonlight winter's night; The church was decorated,
All within was gay and bright. A mother with her baby
Came and saw the light aglow. She thought of how those same bells chimed
For her three years ago.