Dying Boy, The

DESCRIPTION: "On a summer day as the sun was setting... A young boy lay on a bed of fever.... I am dying, mother, I am surely dying, And Hell is my awful doom...." The young man heard God's voice, but chose to go sporting with his friends. Now he pays the price
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (Randolph)
KEYWORDS: death farewell Hell youth mother
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Randolph 597, "The Dying Boy" (1 text)
Roud #7552
cf. "Death is a Melancholy Call" [Laws H5] (theme)
cf. "Wicked Polly" [Laws H6] (plot)
File: R597

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