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124 THE BAINBRIDGE TRAGEDY
From the Gernsey manuscript.
i In Bainbridge town there dwelt of late A worthy youth who met his fate, Which filled many a heart with woe And caused many a tear to flow.
2 Uriel Church it was the name Of this unfortunate young man, Who fell while in the bloom of hfe By her who was to be his wife.
3 He went one day his love to see, In friendship sweet they did agree; But little thought it was decreed, He by this hand so soon must bleed.
4 After some conversation past, And he was going home at last, Louisa walked to the door,
Which caused her heart to weep full sore.
5 And then they join'd in pleasant talk, Few paces from her he did walk; And being very fond of mirth Some snow he threw into her face,
6 She smiFd and thus rebuk'd her swain And said, "Don't do the like again"; That if he fill'd her face with snow, The scissors at him she would throw.
7 The young man grasp'd some snow with speed; And unto her he did give no heed;
For fate would have it thus below, He fill'd Louisa's face with snow.
8 Louisa gave the shears a throw,
Not thinking it would cost such woe.