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No. 31 (No. 19a) - Song - Mimosa - The Jewel of Asia

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Mimosa: A small Japanese
Once sat at her ease
In a garden cool and shady,
When a foreigner gay
Who was passing that way,
Said May I come in, young lady?
So she opened her gate,
And I blush to relate
That he taught Japan's fair daughter
To flirt and to kiss
Like the little white Miss
Who lives o'er the Western water!
He call'd her the Jewel of Asia, of Asia of Asia,
But she was the Queen of the Geisha, the Geisha the Geisha;
So she laughed, Though you're ready today, sir,
To flirt when I flutter my fan,
Tomorrow you'll go on your way, sir,
Forgetting the girl of Japan!
   
  But when he came back
(Alas and alack!)
To that garden cool and shady,
The foreigner bold
Was decidedly cold
And talked of an English lady.
With his heart in a whirl
For the little white girl,
He declar'd how much he missed her,
And forgot if you please!
His poor Japanese,
For he never even kissed her!
But she was the Jewel of Asia, of Asia of Asia,
The beautiful Queen of the Geisha, the Geisha the Geisha;
And she laughed, It is just as they say, sir,
You love for as long as you can,
A month or a week or a day, sir,
Will do for a girl of Japan.

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