hundred houses to ashes were burned;—
fields to a desart were turned.
these crimes still unpunished remained,
And the like
oft repeated—again, and again,
adjoining, compelled to remove,
We purchased in
Prairie and Grove.
’mid the wild flowers, that bloomed o’er the plain,
and our freedom, we thought to maintain;
that oppression would drive us from thence,
The laws of our
we claimed for defence.
But soon as
kind autumn rewarded our toil,
around us began for to smile,
Our foes were
assembled—being tempted with gain;
To ravage and
plunder, and drive us again.
were driven, and plundered, and rob’d;
And some had
been murdered by this dreadful mob,—
When cries for
redress and protection were vain,
We arose in our
strength, our own rights to maintain.
The mob soon
dispersed, to the Rulers appealed,
us your aid, and the Mormons will yield,
For surely they
never were known to resist
A mob when
commissioned by Rulers and Priests.
This soon was
considered by far the best plan;
were issued for ten thousand men,
’s of course,
And all the mob
forces, for better, for worse.
were forthcoming, in dreadful array!
like Indians, all armed for the fray!
soon yielded without the first fire,
mob[b]ers accomplished their utmost
were ravished—and cattle and grain
Became a free
booty—and one pris’ner slain.
Some twenty or
thirty were murdered outright,
thousand others were Banished the State!
law of the Statute to me is unknown;
But it must
be by law all these great things were done;
For the next
Legislature the expense to defray,
hundred thousand, the soldiers to pay.
and treason!! (in technical clause,)
So while women
and children were driven away,
and fathers in prison must stay.
So now to the
Jury and Judge I submit;
learned in such laws,—they may hang or acquit—
But though they
should hang me, or keep me in jail,
The spirit of
Freedom and Truth will prevail.