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MOURNFUL SONG, On a man and wife, who both froze to death in one night, on Standish Cape, so called.

1 Attend my soul and hear the sound, That's solemnly a passing round, That strikes each heart and listening ear To hear the solemn sound draw near.

2 Husbands and wives may now attend, And let your hearts to heaven ascend, While I unto you do make known, A solemn-stroke as e'er was born.

3 Let children too draw round and hear With trembling hearts and holy fear, With all our neighbours all as one And listen till my story's done.

4 And thou great God pray lead my heart And mind to act my solemn part, In this affair before our eyes, Which stricketh all hearts with surprise.

5 Good Lord confound every one Who ever to these lines make fun, That they may hide their heads with shame, Or brought to praise thy holy name.

6 And now the story I shall tell, Who am informed of it full well, And O my soul what can this mean A real or a fancied dream.

7 O yes it is the truth I tell, On Standish Cape these two did dwell, Together liv'd as man and wife, Until ended their day of life.

8 This man for food abroad did go In a snow-storm in a deep snow, At his return his strength gave way, Which brought him to his dying day.

9 Under his load he seemed to fall, And then aloud for help did call, His wife his dying sound did hear Then for his help did soon repair.

10 She left her children then with speed To help her husband then in need, Through cold and wind in a deep snow, God knows what she did undergo.

11 She met her husband in a fright Through winds and snow on a cold night, Whom she most lovingly did own To save his life she lost her own.

12 She took her clothes from off her frame And on her husband plac'd the same, For help she cried aloud and strong Was her last fierce and mournful song.

13 O there she tended on her man When he could neither go nor stand, And when lain out upon the snow, God knows what she did undergo.

14 Dead or alive we cannot tell, God only knows the scene full well, And her great cries that God would save Her husband from the gapeing grave.

15 Trouble and grief, sorrow and woe, This good woman did undergo, There nurs'd her husband in the cold, Which makes our chill'd blood run cold.

16 We cannot tell, nor can-we show, To others what we do not know, But this we say a doleful night, Upon this man and wife did light.

17 Without a covering or a bed That woman then in doleful dread, Tended her man in cold and snow, God knows what they did undergo.

18 Tempestuous winds and storm of snow About this man and wife did blow, Distress'd in body and in mind This woman thought some help to find.

19 Her husband to God did convey, So then for help she steer'd her way, With solemn groans ascending high While her poor children heard her cry.

20 Soon feeble woman took her flight For help upon this doleful night, For help she sought, for help she cried, Where human help was then denied.

21 Towards her neighbors she did steer Through snow and wind and doleful fear, With solemn cries that God would save Her, and mercy upon her have.

22 She went as long as she could stand, Aiming for human help at hand, With bitter groans and solemn cries That did before the Lord arise.

23 And then she crept upon all four, Until her clothes from her were tore, The snow flying—sorrow and woe, God only knew her trouble too.

24 Her solemn cries arose on high Her children hearing of her cry, Which did distress each thoughtful mind, While they could not their parent find.

25 Their Father lying in the snow, Their Mother for help tried to go, Creeping and crying as she went Until her life was almost spent.

26 She crept till to a bloody gore, Her flesh was into pieces tore, God only knew her heart-felt cries, Which did unto the heavens arise.

27 Until at last gave up her race, And her self too, to sovereign grace, And with her doleful cries severe, Which reached to her Saviours ear.

28 Her cries we say to heaven arose, Then did her troubled heart compose, What time it was we cannot tell, She bid her troubles all farewell.

29 And there she died, her husband too, Both of them perish'd in the snow, And gone to rest we humble trust, As all good people surely must.

30 Two days these children were alone, Their absent parents to bemoan, That God above did hear their cry, When both these parents quick did die.

31 A neighbour then on the third day, Towards these children took his way, To his surprise the woman found A helpless corps upon the ground.

32 Looking about he saw also, Her husband dead upon the snow, With a surprise on them did look, Then to the children he partook.

33 The solemn tidings to them told, While their great grief they could not hold, Which was full sore to every one, As if those youths were all undone.

34 To them it was a doleful day, Both of their parents took away, Which caused their tender hearts to bleed, When they did want a friend indeed.

35 Thus they were left—their parents then Were buried decently by men, A solemn sound to fly abroad All over rulled by a God.

36 God bless those children in distress, That are Father and Motherless, Till the affliction that they have, Shall be a means their souls to save.

37 Grand parents of those little ones God make them his daughters and son, And may you live to bless God's name While in a sinful world of fame.

38 God bless the people all around That heareth of this doleful sound, Prepare us all by sea and land To meet all troubles fresh at hand.

39 Thousands of people good Lord save, Made of materials for the grave, So thy great name shall have the praise, Sounding by many means and ways.

40 Have mercy Lord on sinful man, And kindly lengthen out his span, Which shall glory and honor bring To Christ the universal King.

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Title
Mournful song, on a man and wife, who both froze to death in one night, on Standish Cape, so called. [By Thomas Shaw of Standish Maine] [182-?]
Contributor Names
Shaw, Thomas.
Created / Published
Standish, 1820.
Subject Headings
-  United States--Maine--Standish
Genre
Broadsides--Maine--Standish
Notes
-  Positive Photostat.; Verse.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML.
-  Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 26, Folder 37.
Medium
1 p.; 25 x 8.5 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
Portfolio 26, Folder 37
Source Collection
Broadsides, leaflets, and pamphlets from America and Europe
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/rbpe.02603700
Language
English
Online Format
online text
image
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OCLC Number
rbpe02603700
Description
Positive Photostat.; Verse. Available also through the Library of Congress web site in two forms: as facsimile page images and as full text in SGML. Printed Ephemera Collection; Portfolio 26, Folder 37.

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Shaw, Thomas. Mournful song, on a man and wife, who both froze to death in one night, on Standish Cape, so called. By Thomas Shaw of Standish Maine 182-?. Standish, 1820. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/rbpe.02603700/.

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Shaw, Thomas. Mournful song, on a man and wife, who both froze to death in one night, on Standish Cape, so called. By Thomas Shaw of Standish Maine 182-?. Standish, 1820. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/rbpe.02603700/>.