Thursday, 3 December 2009

The Poet Executioner

This is the poem sent by hangman James Berry to the condemned man he was about to put to death:

My brother - sit and think,
While yet on earth some hours are left to thee.
Kneel to thy God who does not from thee shrink
And lay thy sins on Christ, who died for thee.

This was taken from The Hangman's Record, vol.1, 1868 - 1899.

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