CHRISTMAS Time while mirth
Thro' the country far and wide,
Happy homes are turned to sadness,
Dear friends in death lay side by
side by side
Young and old upon the railway,
In that fatal train that day.
Little thought to death were going,
From this life they've passed away.
Tay Bridge gave way the train went
Down into the deadly deep,
Just a crash and all was over,
Many there in death now sleep.
Mothers with there little infants.
Fathers sons and sweethearts true
Laugh'd and jok'd so free together,
as along the rails they did pursue,
No thought of danger was among
Thinking of old Chistmas cheer,
All was merry and light-hearted,
Returning home they had no fear.
That Sabbath night while the storm
The Edinburgh train went on its
Watch'd by a few who felt the danger
Ason Tay Bridge she steamed away
Sparks of fire they saw ascending.
While down went crashing, bridge
Into the river smash'd to pieces,
Buried in the watery main.
At the railway stations friends were
For the arrival of the train,
but when the news to them was bro-
It filled their hearts with grief and
Mothers cried "Give me my children"
Fathers "shed a silent tear,
Brothers, sisters, friends & sweethearts
Wept for those they lov'd so dear.
Many now are sad and lonely,
Thinking of a poor dear friend,
Little orphans now are weeping,
For their parents fearful end,
None of us can tell the moment,
When from this earth we'll have to
Those poor souls little thought of
In that fatal train below.
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1880 shelfmark: L.C.Fol.70(78b)
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