MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Henry Green
Pat Murphy NFLD 1 Tape 12 Track 1
Calvert Audio:
Genre Laws F14

... or else the guilt defend

"As I am on my dying bed and in bed I must die
And hear me for I'll face my God the truth I won't deny
Young Henry Green has poisoned me come quickly for him send
But still I love him just as well as when he was my friend."

Young Henry Green was taking his dying wife to see
Three times she said, "Dear Henry were you ever deceived by me?"
She gazed on him one loving look and fell into death's moan
He gazed on her with tearful eyes and silent left the room

Inquests held over the body held according to the laws
It's asserted by a doctor that poison was the cause
Young Henry Green was taken and lodged in to a jail
To wait there for his day of trial the court would take no ball

And when his day of trial came he was marched up to the stand
To answer for the blackest crime committed in our land
Three times he pleaded innocent he bid his friends good-bye
He was sentenced by Judge Parker and was condemned to die


Sources: Mercer 131; Laws F14; Leach 252; also Peacock 624, 626 ("Murder of Miss Wyatt"); Roud 693.


Text notes: Recounts the tragic murder of a young girl by her husband.

Tune notes: Leach also collected this from Will O'Brien of Cape Broyle. Both Mr. Murphy's and Mr. O'Brien's tunes are variants of the one published by Peacock. A dorian melody, sung freely in 6/8 metre, with an arch-shaped "abba" form.

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