Rush's Lamentation!
Last Farewell to the World.

Tune - Earl Mirer, or, Maria Martin

James Blomfield (alias) James Blomfield Rush, was the natural son of the daughter of a farmer near Wymondham, by a farmer in the neighbourhood, to whom she was engaged. From some cause the engagement was broken off, and an action was brought by her for breach of promise of marriage, and heavy damages obtained. Mr. Rush of Aylsham afterwards married her.

Rush's father occupied a farm at Flemminham (sic), the property of the late Rev. George Preston, and subsequently of the late Mr Jermy, where he died, his death having been attended by somewhat extraordinary circumstances. He was found dead in the kitchen in the day time, with a shot wound behind his ear, a discharged gun lying near him. Among the reports at the time was one that a number of persons had been summoned to the house by the son, and when the coroner arrived, he found his jury as it were ready to his hands.

In 1836 he took the Stanfield Hall farm for 12 years, at £500 per annum; in 1837 the Rev. Geo. Preston died, and Mr Jermy came to the estates. It was now discovered that the leases were not legally made. The remaking of the leases seems to be the commencement of the disagreement which has terminated so fatally.

Alas! The solemn hour is come that I am doom'd to die,
A scornful death of public gaze upon the gallows high!
The cruel deeds in history will long recorded be,
T'was Stanfield Hall near Wymondham the Norfolk tragedy

James Bloomfield Rush did die
In scorn upon the gallows high

Disguis'd in cloak and mask one night about the hour of eight,
To Stanfield hall I did repair and anxiously did wait,
Till Mr Jermy I could see walk outside of the door,
Then a pistol drew & shot him thro' - he fell to rise no more.

I then proceeded to the hall and there I shot his son,
When Mrs Jermy heard the noise she to her husband ran,
I quickly fired at her also and wounded her full sore,
she stumbl'd o'er her husband's corpse all stained with crimson gore

The servant maid courageously to her assistance flew,
But being armed I Instantly another pistol drew,
And fired, wounded her in the leg, the truth I tell with shame,
But for these deeds I was condemned to suffer for the same.

Good people all of each degree a warning take by me,
And think on my untimely fate to die upon a tree,
For committing these inhuman deeds whatever can I say,
When before God I must appear upon the judgement day.

May God protect my children dear, also my son James' wife
For I have brought disgrace on them on earth during their life
Oh! grant that they will banish me for ever from their mind
My time is come I must away and leave this world behind

When at the bar was arraigned my trial for to hear,
I little thought my housekeeper against me would appear,
Tho' she had borne a child by me her evidence was great,
Oh! Think on my untimely fate before it is too late.

This scene of woe you all must know has much excitement caus'd
And many that heard my defence they gave me great applause
The court was crowded to excess, six days the case did last
At length I was found guilty - my sentence then was pass'd

My feelings no one can describe - no human tongue can tell,
I closely watched and guarded was within a dismal cell,
Surrounded too with irons strong, no rest by night or day
From the path of virtue do not fly or like me go astray.

On earth I can no longer stay I hear the solemn bell
This warning sound denotes that I must this world farewell.
I must prepare to meet my God, I hear the death bell toll.
And may the Lord have mercy upon my guilty soul.

Hark! I hear the solemn bell,
I must bid this world farewell

John Youd, Norwich