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Broadside entitled 'Groans from the Dungeon'
G R O A N S
D U N G E O N;
The sorrowful Lamentation of PETER GRAY, now under Sentence of Death, in the
MORTALS on various projects bent,
Attend the mournful cry,
Of him condemn'd to die.
From dreary walls, where darkness reigns,
Nor hope, nor joy appear,
And grant a gen'rous tear.
In vain, with retrospective view,
1 think on days that's past;
But how to meet my last.
Alas! how happy to have spent
In honesty my days,
Had clos'd my peaceful eyes.
But ah! what death awaits my view!
No fame attends my doom ;
Shall lead me to the tomb.
forc'd from the stage of life, I fly
At noon my sun for ever hid
Torn from the arms of her I love,
My true and faithful wife-
Thy solitary life,
Nor you, my children dear, despair,
But trust that Father kind,
When you are left behind.
With shame, my children, I advise-
Mark your poor father's fate,
Will lead yon to his state.
Condemn'd by man, in fetters strong,
Rejected here I lie,
And now is drawing nigh.
To die! how can I bear the thought
How meet that Judge Divine,
Lies naked all my sin.
And is there then no mercy left?
O God, in mercy thou delight'st-
Thy character is love.
In pity, then, regard my state,
Let beams of mercy dart
To chear the sinner's heart.
And when my soul must leave this clay,
Resign'd may it be;
And ever live with thee.
Printed by Thomas Duncan, Saltmarket, Glasgow.
Probable period of publication:
1810-1830 shelfmark: 6.314(20)