“Sarah H. Furber”


"A maid of twenty summers Went forth with joy and mirth... Amidst the din of earth." "A manly face and favor Attracted her free hears." She goes astray (pregnant?), but gains no aid from "men of art and science." She dies alone


Despite the title, the text of this piece never describes a murder; frankly, it sounds as if the girl died of venereal disease, or perhaps pure poverty.

The item is a broadside, "price two cents." Burt's comment is, "And not worth more, I should say." That was in 1958 dollars. It's still true in today's dollars, I should say. - RBW


  1. Burt, pp. 38-39, "Lines Composed on the Abduction and Cruel Murder of MISS SARAH H. FURBER" (1 text)
  2. BI, Burt038


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1958 (Burt)
Keywords: death
Found in: US