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The true story Of Fanny Lynes

The year is1762 and a tale of murder or mystery they boast
 A teenage girl, a drunken parish clerk and even a ghost
About hordes of aristocrats and wealthy men assembling
 Crowds rivalling Covent Garden Theatres were now descending

To a house near St Paul’s on a road named Cock Lane
Although three stories high one room on each floor it had for its fame
Owned by Richard Parsons a clerk with a passion for drink
Forever in debt borrowing money, but to repay it he never did think.

He evicted poor Fanny and her partner William Kent
Even though he borrowed money from them and they could pay rent
A short time later smallpox took poor Fanny Lynns from this world
But her 'said to be' husband engraved no name, and then this story unfurled 

He explained in truth that they were not wed 
He didn’t want her family knowing poor Fanny was dead
She left all her goods to her partner William Kent 
He didn’t want to share them not a penny not a cent

Two years later a report on Fanny hit the news
It seems Parson was Kent’s character now going to abuse 
Through Parsons daughter it was said that Fanny had spoken
The ghost of Fanny Lynes with a scratching sound had awoken
From the lips of the poor deceased Fanny Lynes 
The tales of murder and scratching begins
She says she died not of smallpox, but of murder most foul
And she wants her revenge and is now on the prowl

Kent denied murder he loved his Fanny so
But of the scratching of Fanny now most people did know
To the house in Cock lane the crowds rallied round
Entrepreneurs learnt how to make a quick buck, a quick pound

Selling food and drink and seats by the door
As Fanny was said to tell of her murder and more
But it seems there may have been trickery and lies from Parsons not Kent
As it was to his daughter Elizabeth that Fanny’s messages were sent.

Parsons was found guilty of lies, a fine he was ordered to pay
As he did not pay to jail he went and spent there many a day
The case against Kent dropped and Fanny’s ghost did now sleep
But years later maybe her revenge she finally did reap

As the years passed more investigations were made
 Her coffin was dug up and her body displayed
On poor scratching fanny of Cock lane it was observed
No smallpox was found but her face was preserved

 Was it then arsenic that killed poor Fanny after all? 
 Whatever the truth in the house of three stories tall
No one knows now as the grave held no engraved name
But still there exists the tale of Scratching Fanny in Cock Lane.

© GG 30/1/2014

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  1. Date: 5/5/2014 10:41:00 AM
    love this, my friend, and had a chuckle at the witty last line. Hope you're having a wonderful week xx

  1. Date: 2/12/2014 9:56:00 PM
    very eerie, Mandy. Wow, like Harry says, you sure have the knack!!

  1. Date: 1/30/2014 10:59:00 AM
    does your ability to write in any genre ever stop?this is amazing poetry Mandy Tams, long live your poetry prowess..

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    Date: 2/7/2014 7:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    ha looks like you are the only one that likes it harry lol xx