On a dark & stormy night, as the train rattled on, all the
passengers had gone to bed except one young man with a babe in his arms
who sat with a bowed down head. The innocent one began crying just then as
O, where is its mother go take it to her a
if its poor heart would break. Make that child stop its noise an angry man said for its
lady then softly said. I wish that I could was the young man's reply but she's
keeping us all awake. Put it out said another dont keep it in here we have
dead in the coach ahead
paid for our berths and cant rest, but never a word said the man with the child as he
fondled it close to his breast As the train rattled onward a
husband sat in tears thinking of the happiness of
Baggage Coach Ahead (continued)
just a few short years while baby's face brings
pictures of a cherished hope thats dead but babies cries can't
waken her in the baggage coach ahead.
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