A young, newly married man, sets off to seek his fortune in order to support his wife and future children. Sadly, his plans go awry and he is forced to return home empty handed, only to find his wife has been murdered. Mistaken for the perpetrator of this heinous crime, he is imprisoned and executed. However, Heaven’s Angels take pity on him and grant him revenge from beyond death, before reuniting him with his wife.

“Ballad of a Good Man’s Reward” is a long, quatrain poem with internal rhyme and meter.

No. stanzas : 140

No. A5 pages : 150 (142 pages of poetry)