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The Sorrowful Lamentation and Farewell of J.B. Rush,

who is ordered for Execution on Saturday next, at Norwich Castle


This vain world I soon shall leave,
Dear friends in sorrow do not grieve;
Mourn not my end, though 'tis severe,
For death awaits the murderer.

Now in a dismal cell I lie,
For murder I'm condemn'd to die;
Some may pity when they read,
Oppression drove me to the deed.

My friends and home to me were dear,
The trees and flowers that blossom'd near;
The sweet loved spot where youth began
Is dear to every Englishman.

I once was happy - that is past,
Distress and crosses came at last;
False friendship smiled on wealth and me,
But shunned me in adversity.

The scaffold is awaiting me,
For Jermy I have murdered thee;
Thy hope and joys - thy son I slew,
Thy wife and servant wounded too.

I think I hear the world to say' -
'Oh, Rush, why didst thou Jermy slay?
His dear loved son why didst thou kill,
For he had done to thee no ill.'

If Jermy had but kindness shown,
And not have trod misfortune down,
I ne'er had fired the fatal ball
That caused his son and him to fall.

My cause I did defend alone,
For learned counsel I had none;
I plead hard and questions gave,
In hopes my wretched life to save.

The witness to confound did try,
But God ordained that I should die;
Eliza Chestney she was there, -
I'm sorry I have injured her.

Oh, Emily Sandford, was it due
That I should met my death through you?
If you had wish'd me well indeed,
How could you thus against me plead?

I've used thee kind, though not my wife:
Your evidence has cost my life;
A child by me you have had born,
Though hard against me you have sworn.

The scaffold is, alas! my doom, -
I soon shall wither in the tomb:
God pardon me - no mercy's here
For Rush - the wretched murderer!

This "copy of verses" were included in a broad-sheet that was available in London, concerning the execution of James Blomfield Rush for the murder of Isaac Jermy and his son Isaac Jermy Jermy at Stanfield Hall, Norfolk on 28th November 1848. There were three accompanying illustrations. The largest represents Rush, cloaked and masked "shooting Mr. Jermy, Sen." Another is of "Rush shooting Mrs. Jermy." A prostrate body is at her feet, and the lady herself is depicted as having a very small waist and great amplitude of gown - skirts. The third is portrait of Rush from one in the Norwich Mercury. Judging by the title, the broad-sheet was available in the week of 9-15 April 1849. Rush was hanged on Saturday 21 April 1849.

Ref: Mayhew, Henry. 1861. London Labour and the London Poor. Volume 1. p281. Dover Publications, Inc, New York Reprint. 1968