Julia A. Moore

The Sweet Singer of Michigan



ASHTABULA DISASTER

AIR -- "Gently Down the Stream of Time"

Have you heard of the dreadful fate
      Of Mr. P. P. Bliss and wife?
Of their death I will relate,
      And also others lost their life;
Ashtabula Bridge disaster,
      Where so many people died
Without a thought that destruction
     Would plunge them 'neath the wheel of tide.

CHORUS:

      Swiftly passed the engine's call,
            Hastening souls on to death,
      Warning not one of them all;
            It brought despair right and left.

Among the ruins are many friends,
      Crushed to death amidst the roar;
On one thread all may depend,
      And hope they've reached the other shore.
P. P. Bliss showed great devotion
      To his faithful wife, his pride,
When he saw that she must perish,
      He died a martyr by her side.

P. P. Bliss went home above --
      Left all friends, earth and fame,
To rest in God's holy love;
      Left on earth his work and name.
The people love his work by numbers,
      It is read by great and small,
He by it will be remembered,
      He has left it for us all.

His good name from time to time
      Will rise on land and sea;
It is known in distant climes,
      Let it echo wide and free.
One good man among the number,
      Found sweet rest in a short time,
His weary soul may sweetly slumber
      Within the vale, heaven sublime.

Destruction lay on every side,
      Confusion, fire and despair;
No help, no hope, so they died,
      Two hundred people over there.
Many ties was there broken,
      Many a heart was filled with pain,
Each one left a little token,
      For above they live again.



Reprinted from The Sweet Singer of Michigan: Poems by Mrs. Julia A. Moore ,
ed. Walter Blair (Chicago: Pascal Covici, 1928).
Note: Blair's edition omits the blank line after stanza 2.
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