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Put the music into their pocket,
Order the figure-man not to bawl,
Twenty jigs were still on the docket,
When they adjourned the Barnstable Ball.

Gov'nor A. won't hang for homicide,
That's a point that bothers us all;
He must banish ever from his side
Such as murdered the Barnstable Ball.

When they're old and draw'd with rheumatiz,
Let them say to their grandbabes small,
“Deary me, what a shadow of gloom it is
To remember the Barnstable Ball!”


This autumn saw the preparation of a new volume of poems, “Later Lyrics.” Years had passed since the appearance of “Words for the hour,” and our mother had a great accumulation of poems, the arrangement of which proved a heavy task.

“The labor of looking over the manuscript nearly made me ill.... Had a new bad feeling of intense pressure in the right temple.”

And again:--

“Nearly disabled by headaches.... Determine to push on with my volume.”

“Almost distracted with work of various sorts — my book — the new house — this one full of company, and a small party in the evening.”

“All these days much hurried by proofs. Went in the evening to the opening of the new wards in the Women's Hospital — read two short poems, according to promise. These were kindly received. . ..”

The next day she went with a party of friends to the Boys' Reform School at Westboro. “In the yard ”

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