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THE CULPRIT PRIEST'S LAMENT.
And a fearful doom waits thee and me, A fearful doom indeed ;
'Twere better to drown 'neath the fathomless sea, Or on battle-field to bleed.
Behold the faggots blaze up high, The smoke is black and dense ;
The sinews burst, and crack, and fly : Oh suffering intense !
The roar of fire and shriek of pain,
And the blood that boils and splashes ;
These all consumeathe search were vain For the lovers' mingled ashes.
siamese punishment.siamese punishment.