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Crimes
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And when your mother comes to know, she will spurn us from
her door, Saying she would rather you would marry some rich girl whose
wealth lies up in store."
4   He said, "My dearest Mary, why do you torment me so? For I vow by all that is sacred I ever will prove true, And if you longer hesitate, I will surely end my life, For I no longer wish to live unless you'll be my wife."
5   Believing all he said was true she then became his wife,
But little did she think, poor girl, he'd take away the life of her,
But little did she ever think or ever did expect
He'd take away the life of her who he had sworn to protect.
6   They had been married but scarce a year till she was taken ill, But no one ever expected his wife he meant to kill.
Great doctors they were sent for, but none of them could save, And at last it was proclaimed that she must go to her grave.
7   Her brother hearing of the same, his sister went to see, Saying, "Sister dear, you are dying, the doctors tell me so"; Saying, "Sister, dearest sister, your life is at an end,
So haven't you been poisoned by him you thought your friend?"
8   "Since I am on my bed of death and know that I must die, I know I am going to my God, the truth I will not deny;
I know that Henery poisoned me; dear brother, for him send, For I do love him now as well as when he was my friend."
9   Young Green in hearing of the same, his wife he came to see; Three times she cried, "O Henery, was you ever deceived by me?" Three times she cried, "O Henery," and fell into death swoon; He gazed on her in indifference and in silence left the room.
io An inquest on her body held according to the laws,
And soon by them it was ascertained that arsenic was the cause.
Young Green was apprehended and sentenced to jail,
And there to wait his trial, for the court would not take bail.
n The court was attended; young Green received his doom. It was for him to be hanged; they sent him to his room;







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