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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana           367
5.     Then Fuller was condemned by the honorable court
Of Lawrenceburg, in Dearborn to die That ignominious death, to be hanged above the earth
Like Haman, on the gallows so high. When the moment drew nigh that brave Fuller was to die,
With a smile he bid the audience adieu; Like an angel he did stand, for he was a handsome man;
On his bosom wore a ribbon of blue.
6.     But the smiling God of Love looked with anger from above,
And the rope flew asunder like the sand; Two doctors for their prey did the murder, we may say,
For they hung him by the main strength of hand. His body it was buried and the doctors lost the prize,
And the maiden was deprived of a groom; His spirit is exalted above the starry skies;
She is silently lamenting her sad doom.
7.     Now to you who have good wives who are loyal and kind,
Pray crown them with honor and with love; For it is my weak opinion that they are hard to find;
'T is a treasure from the powers above. From all the ancient history that I can understand,
And we're bound by the Scriptures to believe, Bad women are essentially the downfall of man
As Adam was beguiled by Eve.
8.     It is not a railing spirit nor wicked desire,
Nor solemnity is not my design; Look in Genesis and Judges, and Samuel, Kings, and Job,
And the proof of this doctrine you'll find. For marriage is a lottery, and few that draw the prize
That is pleasing to the heart and the eye, And they that never marry may well be called wise;
So, gentlemen, excuse me; goodbye!
"Fuller and Warren." From a MS in the possession of Mrs. T. M. Bryant, of EvansviUe, Indiana. Written by Miss Dora McNeely, April 10, 1892. August 4, 1936. Twelve four-line stanzas. In stanza 4 the lady is called "feeble-minded" instead of "fickle-minded."

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