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A MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT—THE DEATH OF M. HODGE
From the Gernsey manuscript.
1 Far distant friends will drop a tear When of this accident they hear. The mournful story will impart Affliction to the very heart. Remember, O this was the day, The twenty-second of July;
I with ambitious girls sixteen Visited the school of Betsy Green.
2 There we were welcomed and received, Nor thought how soon we should be grieved. Mira in solitude addressed,
Eliza actively expressed, Minerva spoke as on the stage, And Lucy her attention gave. They sweetly read and all spelled right; Their manners gave us much delight.
3 For could we know what was to come, Expecting shortly to walk home?
But storms of sorrow hang around;
They burst and all our joys confound;
The tender parent came along;
We won't presume that he was wrong.
Six little girls here as we find,
To ride with him they were inclined.
4 The horses ran descending ground; The children fell a-groaning round. With wounded limbs and broken bones, And two escaped unhurt alone.
O stop, my pen, how can I paint The cries and tears of Mira faint! Alas, how soon her fatal breath Sunk in the icy arms of death!