American Old Time Song Lyrics: 24 Charles Guiteans Confession

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Charles Guitean's Confession.

Come all ye tender hearted
And listen unto me,
Give heed and pay attention
To this short history.
For the murder of James A. Garfield
I am condemned to die.
And on the 30th day of June
Must mount the scaffold high.

My name is Charles Guitean,
A name I'll ne'er deny,
I leave my aged parents
In deepest grief to die.
They little thought that ,
While in my youthful bloom.
Would be taken to the scaffold
To meet so great a doom.

It was down by the depot
I tried to make my escape,
But Providence was against me,
And I found it was too late.
They marched me to the prison,
There to await my doom,
And to-day the grim scaffold
Will claim me for its own.

I tried to play insane,
But I found it would not do,
The people were against me,
And proved the plea untrue.
Judge Cox passed the sentence,
And the clerk wrote it down,
That on this the 30th day of June
I was to meet my doom.

My sister came to the prison
To take her last farewell,
She clasped her arms around my neck
And wept most bitterly.
Said she, my darling brother,
To-day you must surely die,
For the murder of James A. Garfield,
Upon the gallows high.
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