Henry Green (MacEdward Leach)

See also: The Murder Of Miss Wyatt (Peacock)

"As I am on my dying bed
and in bed I must die,
And hear me fore I'll face my God,
the truth I won't deny;
Young Henry Green has poisoned me,
come quickly for him send,
But still I love him just as well
as when he was my friend."

Young Henry Green was taken
his dying wife to see,
Three times she said, "Dear Henry,
were you ever deceived by me?"
She gazed on him one loving look
and fell into death's moan,
He gazed on her with tearful eyes
and silent left the room.

Inquests held over the body
held according to the laws,
It's asserted by a doctor
that poison was the cause;
Young Henry Green was taken
and lodged into a jail,
To wait there for his day of trial,
the court would take no bail.

And when his day of trial came
he was marched up to the stand,
To answer for the blackest crime
committed in our land;
Three times he pleaded innocent,
he bid his friends good-bye,
He was sentenced by Judge Parker
and was condemned to die.

####.... Author unknown. Variant of a 19th-century American broadside ballad, Henry Green (The Murdered Wife) [Laws F14] Native American Balladry (G Malcolm Laws, 1964) ....####

Sung in 1950 by Pat Murphy [1884-1986] of Calvert, and by William (Will) O'Brien [1874-1956] of Cape Broyle, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

Two variants were collected by Kenneth Peacock and published as The Murder Of Miss Wyatt in Songs Of The Newfoundland Outports, Vol 2, pp.624-626, by the National Museum of Canada (1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

MacEdward Leach also collected a variant published as #100, Henry Green, in Folk Ballads And Songs Of The Lower Labrador Coast by the National Museum of Canada (Ottawa, 1965) Crown Copyrights Reserved.

Note: Henry Green was hanged in 1845 for poisoning Mary Wyatt in Berlin, NY.


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