A damsel possessed of great beauty,
She stood at her own father’s gate,
The gallant hussars were on duty,
To view them this maiden did wait,
Their horses were capering and prancing,
Their accountrements shown like a star,
Fromthe plains they were nearer advancing,
She espied her young gallant hussar.
Their pelisses were slung o’er their shoulders,
So careless they seemed far to ride;
So warlike appeared those young soldiers,
With glittering swords by their side.
To the barracks next morning so early,
This damsel she went in her car,
Because that she loved him sincerely,
Young Edward, the gallant hussar.
It was there she conversed with her soldier,
These words they were heard for to say;
Said Jane, “I’ve a heart none more bolder,
For to follow my laddie away.”
“O, fie!” said young Edward, “be steady,
And think of the dangers of war,
When the trumpet sounds, I must be ready,
So wed notyour galland hussar.”
“For tweleve months on bread and cold water,
My parents cofined me for you,
O, hard-harted friends to their daughter,
Whose heart it is loyal and true.
Unless they confine me forever,
Or banish me from you afar,
I will follow my soldier so clever, To wed my gallant hussar.”
To wed my gallant hussar.”
Said Edard, “Your friend, you must mind them,
Else you are forever undone,
They will leave you no portion behind them,
So pray do my company shun.”
She said, “If you will be truehearted,
I have gold ofmy uncle’s in store,
From thistime no more we’ll be parted,
I will wed with my gallant hussar.”
From the defunct magazine HEARTH AND HOME, August 1929.
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