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                              LINES ON

THOMAS HARTLEY MONTGOMERY

   HIS LAST NIGHT IN OMAGH JAIL.

Dark and dismal was the skies,
And thunder storms prevail,
These lines I write for my last night,
I live in Omagh jail.
Lonely here in silent prayer,
In my dungeon cell.
Dear wife to you I bid adieu,
And all my friends farewell.

I feel the rod to face my God,
As from life to death I pass,
With grief I own the widow's son,
Murdered William Glass.
Curse gold the root of evil,
Has proved my destiny,
This day I die in Omagh jail,
Upon a gallows tree.

My hours roll on now morning comes,
With dreadful thunder peals.
Angry floods and lightning flash,
This day o'er Omagh jail.
All's in fear, to light appears,
Throngh the atmosphere of gloom,
The day Thomas Hartley Montgomery
Goes to his silent tomb.

Satan tempted me night and day,
I no peace or rest could find.
On my bed used to lay down,
These thoughts disturbed my mind,
To rob the bank was my design,
And take his life away,
For which I must give an account,
Upon the judgment day.

The widow's tear and curse I hear,
And that youth of little guile,
Him I've slain I see quite plain,
As in my face he smiled.
But he not suspecting me,
As he turned round,
With my murderous weapon,
I slew him to the ground.

At seven o'clock I heard a knock,
Outside my dungeon cell,
My hears it throbbed, I cried to God,
When I heard my warning bell.
The sheriffs say without delay,
No hope there is for me,
For I must die on the gallows high,
Thomas Hartley Montgomery.

As my death bell did chime a knell,
And for my last moments toll'd,
The clergy joined in solemn prayer,
Saving, have mercy on my soul.
Oh God above, bestow thy love
We do thy mercy crave,
For this unhappy young man,
Now going to a felon's grave.

Guilt being on my soul as the bell
toll'd,
My heart again it throbb'd,
The executioner there he said prepare
This day to face your God.
The procession stopped at the fatal
drop,
My time being up at last,
You must die on this gallows high,
For the murder of young Glass.

With guilt and shame upon my name,
I now must yield up life,
It grieves my heart with them to part,
My infant son and wife.
While yet I live I do forgive,
My prosecutors all,
Oh God, have mercy on my soul,
I can't my crimes recall.

Now to conclude my tragedy,
Young men of each degree,
When you read these painful lines,
A warning take by me ;
Be not ambitious for this world,
It's God who gives and takes,
Remember Thos. Hartley Montgomery
And his untimely fate.

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Lines on Thomas Hartley Montgomery
Permanent URLhttp://digital.nls.uk/74892838
Description" ... his last night in Omagh jail". Montomery was hanged on the 26th. August 1873 for the murder of William Glass - confirmed by the 'Times Digital Archive' in an article dated Wednesday, Aug 27, 1873. First line reads: Dark and dismal was the skies.
ShelfmarkCrawford.EB.2045
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DescriptionCollection of 2,300 broadside ballads, mostly printed in England in the 19th century. Topics range from courtship, crime, disasters and emigration to fashion, theatre, politics, laments sports and old age. Includes ballads on Scotland and Ireland. Part of the Crawford Collections on deposit from the Balcarres Heritage Trust.
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