Describing the Appari-
tions of Burke and others,
which appeared to him
while in the Calton Jail.
Good people all give ear to what I say,
'Twill make your very blood run cold,
And fill you with dread dismay,
When the truth to you I've told.
The cries of sixteen murdered souls
Does still ring in my ears,
And through my cell one voice it rolls,
Which haunts my mind with fears.
Crying, William Hare, I pray beware
Of the approaching day,
When earthly joys and earthly care
Must then be thrown away.
It is for near a long long year,
You have led a murdering life,
Without either dread or fear,
"Midst rioting and strife.
Last night as I lay on my bed,
And sleeping I was sound,
Strange fancies then came in my head,
Which much did me confound.
Me thought I wander'd on the street,
And singing very crouse,
Till with a man I chanc'd to meet,
And led him to my house.
When to the house I led him in,
To him I seem'd a brother,
To give him whisky did begin,--
When drunk I did him smother.
I dragg'd him by the lint white locks,
While Burke was standing by,
And put him in to a large box,
Then for the Doctor Burke did fly.
I thought the flesh fell off his bones,
Then as a skeleton he did appear,
It vanish'd in its dying groans,
Which fill'd me with great fear.
Then I awoke but sleep'd again,
O horror ! what a sight,
The child that I one night had slain,
In an angel's form shone bright.
You've come, sweet angel, heavenly bright,
To tell me of my crime,
Why thus disturb me here to-night,
And at no other time.
Next Burke appear'd within my cell,
Chain'd with the murderer's fetter,
"Hear, Hare, hear, what I've to tell,
Try change your life for better.
O William Hare with me bewail,
Turn from your evil ways,
I say this from my lips in jail,
Hark what a murderer says. "
I thought my liberty I had got,
But with sorrow was deceiv'd,
For when in jail that I awoke,
Still was there unrelieved.
O cruel and bloody that I was,
To think on killing men,
And that without the slightest cause,
Decoyed them to my den.
Such thoughts as these were what I made,
After that I had awoke,
But let it ne'er again be said,
That there lives such a rogue.
O silent sleep,--I'll ne'er sleep again,
To think on't makes me shiver ;
What tortures and what cruel pain,--
Forget it shall I never.
And whether in night's silent hour,
Or in the sun shine day,
Still will remain at my mind's door,
Till I the debt of nature pay.
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