Composed and Sung by P. J. Downey. Air - "Over the Hil [sic] to the Poor House."
The evening's bright stars they were shining, The moonbeams shone clear on our land, Our city was in peace and quietness, The hour of midnight near at hand. But hark! do you hear that cry? Fire! How dismal those bells they do sound; Our Brooklyn Theatre is burning! Alas, burning fast to the ground.
Chorus - We ne'er can forget the "Two Orphans," Bad luck seems to be in its wake; It seems it were brought to the city, The lives of our dear friends to take.
The doors they were open at seven, The curtain was rolled up at eight; Them that had got seats they were happy, Outside, they were mad that were late. The play it went on smoothly, 'Till sparks from the scenes they did fly; It's then that men, women and children, "Oh, God, save our lives!" they did cry. - Cho.
Next morn in among those black ruins, Oh, God, what a sight met our eyes! The dead, they were lying in all shapes; Some there that none could recognize. Poor mothers there were weeping and crying, For sons that were out all that night; Oh, God, let their souls rest in Heaven, Amongst the innocent and bright. - Cho.
What means this large gathering of people, Upon such a cold, dreary day? Or, what means this long line of hearses, With tops plumed in feathery array? Far out to the cemetery Greenwood. Where the wind makes the lone willow sigh, 'Tis there where the funeral is going, The poor unknown dead there to lie. - Cho.
CHAS. FAHLEN & CO., JOBBERS IN Fancy Goods, Notions, Hosiery, VARIETIES, AUCTION JOB LOTS, Etc. 23 PARK STREET, BET. FAYETTE & LEXINGTON, BALTIMORE, MD.
Click tabs to swap between content that is broken into logical sections.
Permission to reproduce or publish this item is required and may be subject to copyright, fees, and other legal restrictions imposed by parties outside of the Library. The Enoch Pratt Free Library is not responsible for the outside use of these images but is committed to the responsible and legal use of any content posted on its web site. Any questions regarding the legal nature of content on this site may be referred to email@example.com.