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Stratton Mountain Tragedy (Seba Smith) Cold was the mountain's height Drear was the pasture wild As through the darkness of night A mother wondered with her child As through the drifting snow she pressed The babe was sleeping 'neath her breast Bitter blew the chilly winds Darker hours of night came on Deeper grew the drifting snow Her limbs were chilled, her strength was gone "Oh God," she cried in accents wild "If I must perish, save my child" She took the mantle from her breast Bared her bosom to the storm As round the babe she wrapped her vest She smiled to think that it was warm One cold kiss, one tear she shed And sank into that snowy bed A stranger passing by next day Spied her 'neath that snowy veil The frost of death was in her eye Her cheek was hard and cold and pale He took the robe from off the child The babe looked up and sweetly smiled DT #638 Laws G 18 Happened in Vermont in 1821 to Lucy Blake and child Rebecca recorded by Margaret MacArthur (full notes) and Flanders and Brown Vermont Folk Songs and Ballads SOF
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