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Lyr Req: Bar of Justice? / Guilty or Not Guilty

GUEST,Newfiegirl 27 Nov 05 - 03:59 PM
Peace 27 Nov 05 - 04:13 PM
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Peace 27 Nov 05 - 06:01 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Old Song,"Bar of Justice"
From: GUEST,Newfiegirl
Date: 27 Nov 05 - 03:59 PM

Hi again, can anybody help me find the lyrics to an old song
I'm not sure of the name, but here are some words that might help.
Thanks...God Bless.


She stood at the bar of justice a creature worn and mild
A form to young for a woman, in features to old for a child
With a look so worn and patient, was stamped on her firm young face
.....................................................................

Your name, said the Judge as he
entered................................
I'm Mary Mc'Guire(?) if you please sir, my age it is scarce thirteen ?
...............................................................................................

and the weather was bleaking cold ..............................little Johnny was three years old
......................................................................
you are charged for stealing three loaves of bread
................................................
I'll tell you just how it happened sir, my father and mother are dead
And my little brothers and sisters, were hungry and asking for bread
at first I earned it for them, by working hard all day
But somehow the times got poor sir and the work all fell away

And out of their pockets came hankeys(?) and out of their eyes sprang tears
and out of old fashioned wallets ,came treasures for many long years...........
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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Song,'Bar of Justice'
From: Peace
Date: 27 Nov 05 - 04:13 PM

She stood at the bar of justice,
A creature wan and wild,
In form too small for a woman,
In feature too old for a child.

For a look so worn and pathetic
Was stamped on her pale young face,
It seemed long years of suffering
Must have left that silent trace.

"Your name," said the judge, as he eyed her
With kindly look, yet keen,
"Is—?" "Mary McGuire, if you please, sir."
"And your age?" "I am turned fifteen."

"Well, Mary—" And then from a paper
He slowly and gravely read,
"You are charged here—I am sorry to say it—
With stealing three loaves of bread.

"You look not like an offender,
And I hope that you can show
The charge to be false. Now, tell me,
Are you guilty of this, or no?"

A passionate burst of weeping
Was at first her sole reply;
But she dried her tears in a moment,
And looked in the judge's eye.

"I will tell you just how it was, sir;
My father and mother are dead,
And my little brothers and sisters
Were hungry, and asked me for bread.
At first I earned it for them
By working hard all day,
But somehow the times were hard, sir,
And the work all fell away.

"I could get no more employment;
The weather was bitter cold;
The young ones cried and shivered
(Little Johnnie's but four years old).

So what was I to do, sir?
I am guilty, but do not condemn; I took—oh, was it stealing?— The bread to give to them." Every man in the court-room—

Graybeard and thoughtless youth—
Knew, as he looked upon her,

That the prisoner spake the truth.
Out from their pockets came kerchiefs,

Out from their eyes sprang tears,
And out from the old faded wallets

Treasures hoarded for years.


The judge's face was a study,

The strangest you ever saw,
As he cleared his throat and murmured

Something about the law.
For one so learned in such matters,

So wise in dealing with men,
He seemed on a simple question

Sorely puzzled just then.


But no one blamed him, or wondered,

When at last these words they heard,
"The sentence of this young prisoner

Is for the present deferred."
And no one blamed him, or wondered,

When he went to her and smiled,
And tenderly led from the court-room,

Himself, the "guilty" child.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Song,'Bar of Justice'
From: Peace
Date: 27 Nov 05 - 04:15 PM

That is from Project Gutenberg

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/16786/16786-h/16786-h.htm
Sorry about the scatteredness. Thought it would just transfer with a cut and paste.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Song,'Bar of Justice'
From: Peace
Date: 27 Nov 05 - 06:01 PM

Is that wat you were looking for?


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Subject: Lyr Add: GUILTY, OR NOT GUILTY?
From: masato sakurai
Date: 27 Nov 05 - 07:20 PM

From Peace's link:

    GUILTY, OR NOT GUILTY?

She stood at the bar of justice,
A creature wan and wild,
In form too small for a woman,
In feature too old for a child.
For a look so worn and pathetic
Was stamped on her pale young face,
It seemed long years of suffering
Must have left that silent trace.

"Your name," said the judge, as he eyed her
With kindly look, yet keen,
"Is--?" "Mary McGuire, if you please, sir."
"And your age?" "I am turned fifteen."
"Well, Mary--" And then from a paper
He slowly and gravely read,
"You are charged here--I am sorry to say it--
With stealing three loaves of bread.

"You look not like an offender,
And I hope that you can show
The charge to be false. Now, tell me,
Are you guilty of this, or no?"
A passionate burst of weeping
Was at first her sole reply;
But she dried her tears in a moment,
And looked in the judge's eye.

"I will tell you just how it was, sir;
My father and mother are dead,
And my little brothers and sisters
Were hungry, and asked me for bread.
At first I earned it for them
By working hard all day,
But somehow the times were hard, sir,
And the work all fell away.

"I could get no more employment;
The weather was bitter cold;
The young ones cried and shivered
(Little Johnnie's but four years old).
So what was I to do, sir?
I am guilty, but do not condemn;
I took--oh, was it stealing?--
The bread to give to them."

Every man in the court-room--
Graybeard and thoughtless youth--
Knew, as he looked upon her,
That the prisoner spake the truth.
Out from their pockets came kerchiefs,
Out from their eyes sprang tears,
And out from the old faded wallets
Treasures hoarded for years.

The judge's face was a study,
The strangest you ever saw,
As he cleared his throat and murmured
Something about the law.
For one so learned in such matters,
So wise in dealing with men,
He seemed on a simple question
Sorely puzzled just then.

But no one blamed him, or wondered,
When at last these words they heard,
"The sentence of this young prisoner
Is for the present deferred."
And no one blamed him, or wondered,
When he went to her and smiled,
And tenderly led from the court-room,
Himself, the "guilty" child.

                ANONYMOUS.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Song,'Bar of Justice'
From: GUEST,Newfiegirl
Date: 27 Nov 05 - 07:31 PM

yes that is the song I was looking for.. thanks a lot guys
take care, and God Bless.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Song,'Bar of Justice'
From: Artful Codger
Date: 28 Nov 05 - 02:23 PM

Could you post the tune?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Guilty or Not Guilty? / Bar of Justic
From: Peace
Date: 15 Aug 08 - 11:57 PM

It's just killin' you, isn't it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Guilty or Not Guilty? / Bar of Justice
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 05:31 AM

hi there,
This was originally a poem I think, I'm trying to find out some more info regarding the the poet and where he/she might have been from.

would you have any Idea where this poem came from or where you first heard it.

hope you can help
thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Guilty or Not Guilty? / Bar of Justice
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 09:26 AM

Google Book Search finds many copies of GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY printed in various books and periodicals. I looked at several of them; none identified an author.

The earliest I found was in The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star (Liverpool: L. J. Herrick, June 23, 1874).

It seems it was always called a poem or recitation, not a song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Guilty or Not Guilty? / Bar of Justice
From: GUEST,christirae
Date: 20 Jun 11 - 02:21 AM

i read this as a child,an at one time had it memerized an could repeat it from heart,the Book that i read it from was a gift an titled americas great poems, an the author was unknown,but only american poets an peoms are in the book,it is still in print an can be found in any book store,as i'm close to 50 now i knew the peom to be old 40yrs ago,i have never hard it as a song although i have the hell bound train also author unknown,that can be found it the same book.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bar of Justice? / Guilty or Not Guilty
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Jun 11 - 02:04 PM

I found another source, published the same year as "The Latter Day Saints' Millennial Star" (see citation above) that contains the same poem, but here attributed to F. Sherman Smith:

The Grange Illustrated, or, Patron's Hand-Book: In the Interests of the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (New York: Grange Publishing Co., 1874), page 109.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bar of Justice? / Guilty or Not Guilty
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Nov 12 - 12:29 PM

thx


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bar of Justice? / Guilty or Not Guilty
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Sep 16 - 07:24 PM

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bar of Justice? / Guilty or Not Guilty
From: GUEST,me
Date: 29 Jan 17 - 02:40 AM

i got it from derek o briens book.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bar of Justice? / Guilty or Not Guilty
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Oct 17 - 08:57 PM

This is recorded as "Three Loaves of Bread" on the album "Merasheen Farewell".


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