“Henry and Servilla”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Keywords: love courting betrayal homicide suicide
Found in: US

Description

Broadside. Henry and Servilla are in love, but her mind changes; "perhaps it was a better match Within the mother's eye." Henry is bidden not to return. Henry intercepts her on her way to school, and shoots her then himself

Notes

What I want to know is, why didn't someone shoot the mother who named her daughter "Servilla"?

This is as bad as it sounds, being littered, e.g. with small caps:

One had a DAUGHTER, just sixteen....

He loved SERVILLA long and well,

(Surely it was not strange,)

And happy was he in her love,

But ah! THERE CAME A CHANGE!

He took the maiden by the hand,

"YOU SHALL BE MINE," he said;

Then drew a pistol from his breast

AND SHOT HER THROUGH THE HEAD.

On second thought, I want to know why Henry didn't shoot the so-called "poet" who would inflict *that* on the world. - RBW

Historical references

References

  1. Burt, pp. 45-47, "Henry and Servilla, or the Death Bridal -- being a graphic account of the New Boston Tragedy" (1 text, slightly shortened)
  2. BI, Burt044