DESCRIPTION: "He dies to-day." The judge smiles because "a demon dwelt where his heart should be." The jailer has a tear in his eye because Emmet had "spoke in so kind a way." A girl "lacked the life to speak ... despair had drank up her last wild tear."
EARLIEST DATE: 1855 (Edward Hayes, The Ballads of Ireland (Boston, 1859), Vol I)
KEYWORDS: execution patriotic judge prisoner Ireland
Sep 20, 1803 - Robert Emmet (1778-1803) is hanged
REFERENCES (3 citations):
O'Conor, p. 69, "Emmet's Death" (1 text)
Healy-OISBv2, pp. 73-74, "Emmet's Death" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Edward Hayes, The Ballads of Ireland (Boston, 1859), Vol I, p. 248, "Emmet's Death"
ST OCon069 (Partial)
Bodleian, 2806 b.10(17), "Emmet's Death", unknown, n.d.
cf. "Bold Robert Emmet" (subject) and references there
NOTES [23 words]: Hayes's text is attributed to "S.F.C." - BS
For the sad background of this typically Irish story, see the notes to "Bold Robert Emmet." - RBW
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