Among our requests for poems published a short time ago,
wa a request for the answer to the old-time poem, the Gypsy's
Warning. Among other esponses to the request came this letter
from the author of the poem wanted:
The Toledo Blade:
I saw in the Poet's Corner of the The Blade
a request for this song, which I send you. It was composed by
me, when a boy of 16 years, in, or just after, the war of the
rebellion. I composed it while alone, cutting brush on my
uncle's farm. The Song of the Gypsy's Warning had just come
out and my head was full of it, hence came these verses. Of
course, I would be flattered to see them published in your
paper, which I used to read in the time of Petroleum V.
Hoping you will publish the song, I remain,
H H, Beebe, Olean, N. Y.
The poem follows:
IaTHE MAIDEN'S REPLY
Stranger kneel not thus before me,
All thy pleadings are in vain.
For I've heard the gypsy's story,
And my love thou canst not gain;
And I know thou art not truthful,
True to me would never be;
And while yet so young and youthful,
List I not to such as thee.
Thou dost say that thou dost love me,
Know that I believe it not,
For there's one in heaven above me,
Pointing me to thy false heart.
And she says thou wilt deceive me,
And in sorrow lay me low,
Warns me never to believe thee,
Ne'er on thee my hand bestow.
Wouldst thou know the one that warns me,
Tis thine angel wife dost tell;
Of the grief that would surround me
If with theee I ever dwell.
When on earth the truly loved thee,
Cruel treatment thou hast shown,
Now in heaven so far above thee,
Her bright spirit now has flown.
Cease thy flattering, vile deceiver,
Smoothest words avail thee not,
For I'm but a just believer,
That of such a class thou art.
And my heart is strong within me,
I despise they flattering tongue,
Now begone, thou canst not win me;
Never more to me return.
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