Twelfth Century

Famous quotes containing the words twelfth and/or century:

    The twelfth day of Christmas,
    My true love sent to me
    Twelve lords a-leaping.
    —Unknown. The Twelve Days of Christmas (l. 89–91)

    Lizzie Borden took an axe
    And gave her mother forty whacks;
    When she saw what she had done,
    She gave her father forty-one.
    —Anonymous. Late 19th century ballad.

    The quatrain refers to the famous case of Lizzie Borden, tried for the murder of her father and stepmother on Aug. 4, 1892, in Fall River, Massachusetts. Though she was found innocent, there were many who contested the verdict, occasioning a prodigious output of articles and books, including, most recently, Frank Spiering’s Lizzie (1985)