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On a gorgeous bed m a gorgaoui room, > Old and wioltod, as I've heard toll. A lady lay at the point of doom— A lady believing m Heaven nor Hell, One by one relation and frUndt Sadly bade her a last good-bye ; Nor did their presence her soul offend, Though they oamo hoping to ice her die. While Bhelay.afcretohed on that dying bed, Gasping, faint, and weak as flhe lay, • The parson sought her and solemnly gaid • I wot, my lady' 'twere well to pray I 1 Then the la3y gathered her failing breath, And ourued the priest with both lips and eye, : drying, • There's nothing m death bat death I 1 And bade ham forth from her ohambsr fly. • If it be true I've a aoul to save,'. She pried m ooorn^' as you say to me, Then seven tall plants shall grow from m» grave— . . ■ "* Aye, seven tall plants of the eyaamore tree !» That priest was a faithful priest of God, And it irked him to leave siioh a sinner so; But when she bad* to a*lv» forth with a rod .What could that good man do but go? Or ever an hour by the oafltle clook, Farther the weltering sun had sped. With horror they Bee, round her bed whb'flook. That the wioked old lady was dead— was dead 1 '■'•.'■• • • » Should the reader ot this, upon any day Chance to wander thro' Hertfortahire ; And into the ohurohyard of Tewin Btray He may see for himself what I tell him hert. For there thro' the tomb of the Xidy Ann (An Earl's daughter was lady Q ) ' Plainly tower' up before woman end man, Seven Btont boles of the sycamore trts? Bursting iron and splitting stone, ' .■■ ■> F^H m h th ° dePth " ° f th<J ™ U th6j tpAtXg to And all whelook on this marvel own •■■ That the sexton's Btory MUot b* right. Mas 0. Jomumu

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2012, 13 December 1888

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THE LEGEND OF LADY ANN G. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2012, 13 December 1888