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Three Girls Drowned In western Pennsylvania fair, At Washin,oton three ladies were, All teachers in a Sabbath school Where children learn the Golden Rule. To Gravel Run the three did ride, To God's own house they did repair With young John Ash to worship there.' They heard the gospel's joyful sound, And they took the sacramental wine And broke the bread for the last time. Bright forkcd lightning flashed around While awful thunder shook the ground. "This is the voice of God on high, Ye living men, prepare to die. And on this eventful day, Many will find it their last time to pray." A prayer of hymn and praises sung, As they rode back to Washington. A following stream they thought to ford, Which sent their spirits home to God. A young man on the tide did float Till it came in contact with a boat. This he mounted o'er the wave Which saved him from a watery grave. Lucinda Phelps, Harriet Stroag, Elizabeth Ash, all three are gone. The last one mentioned of the three Seventeen short years had lived to see. The other two whose race had run Had lived till nearly twenty-one. The rolling current stopped their breath And left their bodies cold in death. From Ballads and Songs of Michigan, Gardner Collected from E.W.Harns, MI DT #768 Laws G23 RG oct96
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