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The Hell-Bound Train
Louder and louder the thunder crashed And brighter and brighter the lightning flashed; Hotter and hotter the air became Till the clothes were burnt from each quivering frame.
And out of the distance there arose a yell, " Ha, ha," said the devil, " we're nearing hell! " Then oh, how the passengers all shrieked with pain And begged the devil to stop the train.
But he capered about and danced for glee And laughed and joked at their misery. " My faithful friends, you have done the work And the devil never can a payday shirk.
" You've bullied the weak, you've robbed the poor; The starving brother you've turned from the door, You've laid up gold where the canker rust, And have given free vent to your beastly lust.
" You've justice scorned, and corruption sown,
And trampled the laws of nature down.
You have drunkj rioted, cheated, plundered, and
lied, And mocked at God in your hell-born pride.
" You have paid full fare so I'll carry you through; For it's only right you should have your due. Why, the laborer always expects his hire, So I'll land you safe in the lake of fire.

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