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Lamentation of Leopold Redpath

LAMENTATION OF

Leopold Redpath

Alas I am convicted theses no one to blam
I suppose you all know Leopold Redpath
         is my name,
I have one consolation pheraps I've more
All the days of my life I ne'er injured the
         poor'
I procured fur the widow and orphan their
         I read,
the naked I clothed and the hungry I fed
But still I am sentenced you must under-
         stand,
Because I had broken the laws of the laud
A lost fond adieu to my heart brokeu wife
Leopold Redpath your husband's trans-
         ported for life,
Providence will protect you love do not
         deplore,
Since your husband never hurted or in-
         jured the poor.

I,ve left my kind friends for to pine in a
         gaol
But tis harder to see my fond partner
         bewail,
I was caused by temptation the deed for to
         do
being eager for riches has caused me to rue
In London and Weybridge I in splendour
         did dwell
By the rich and the poor was respected
         right well,
But now I'm going oh where shall I say
A convict from England oh far far away

To leave you old England does cause me
         much pain
I far I shall never behold thee again
Far away from my family, kindred and
         wife
How dreadful my set-fence transported
         (or life
Twasa pleasure to Redpath the poor to assisr
By the widow and orphan will Redpath be
So you gentlemen servants wharever you be
When you read my misfortune take warning
         by me

I might have livea happy with my virtuos
         wife
Kept away from temptation from tumult & stife
Id enough to sapport me in happineus to I ve,
But I wanted so ething more poor people for
         to give
I now see my folly alas when too late,
Transported for life oh how hard is my fate
I never once thought I should ere see the day
They would send me a convict from England
         away

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