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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleSarah Gale
Roud No.22074
Collected FromTanner, Charles
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Oxfordshire: Williams, A: MS collection No Ox 219
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 8th January,1916, p 2, Part 13, No. 10
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

As I walked round by the walls of Newgate,
I thought I heard a female say -
"I am condemned my days to linger
In the land called Botany Bay.

Verse 2

For now from him I'm separated,
Scorned by everyone all round,
Tried before a British Jury,
All for the murder of Anna Brown.

Verse 3

With Greenacre I did cohabit,
When I knew he had a wife;
With Greenacre I did cohabit -
A most abundant, wicked life.

Verse 4

It was one very Tuesday morning,
About the hour of eight o clock,
The dreadful groans and shrieks and rushes
Did my very bosom shock.

Verse 5

When Greenacre on the scaffold died,
Pray! Do tell me a dismal tale;
Can any one describe the feelings
Of the wretched Sarah Gale?

Verse 6

Now all you females, by me take warning -
Rich and poor, and high and low -
What troubles you might yet encounter,
It is very hard for you to know.

Verse 7

Strive to walk in the paths of virtue,
Take a lesson from my mournful tale;
Can anyone describe the feelings
Of this wretched Sarah Gale?"
Print Song Lyrics
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS: 'Obtained of Charles Tanner, Bampton.'

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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