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Jeff

Perhaps the parents feared that girls with unique names would draw attention and sin more. Makes sense to me. Same with accents. Don't let your girls be foreigners.

What a delightful poem for children. In the class with "... if I die before I wake, I pray to God my soul to take," which is a fine way to send a child off to sleep.

It's odd, though, that Polly was too late to repent. She mustn't have been Catholic, because I think you can repent on your death bed, no? She shouldn't have wasted time calling her parents to her bed for a last word. She could have been repenting.

I'm not sure which lines I like best ...
"She called her mother to her bed-
Her eyes were rolling in her head-
When I am dead remember well,
Your wicked Polly screams in Hell."

or ...
"She gnawed her tongue before she died,"

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