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No. 15 - Song - Freda

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Freda: In an old Dutch town once a bold young man
Loved a maid with a burning passion;
But he knew full well
That his love he must tell
In the simple Dutch old-world fashion.
So, cigar in hand, to her home he went;
Perforce it must go unlighted--
If to him she came
With a match aflame,
Then his love was for sure requited.
A small cigar he put to his lips,
He longed for the fragrant flavour;
A match was all he asked her to grant,
'Twas not such a wondrous favour.
But she, though kind,
Politely declined
When fervently he besought her.
Alas! that night
His heart was alight,
But never the cigar he brought her!
   
  Now this lover sighed as he homeward strolled,
For he felt he was sorely slighted;
Yet he smiled because,
As the custom was,
His troth must be three times plighted.
So again he went, and again with hope
A fresh cigar he selected;
And against his will
He was bitter, still
He prayed for the unexpected.
A small cigar he put to his lips,
He longed for the fragrant flavour;
A match was all he asked her to grant,
'Twas not such a wondrous favour.
But she, though kind,
Politely declined
When fervently he besought her.
Again that night
His heart was alight,
But never the cigar he brought her!
   
  Now this bold young man (for I'd have you know
He was really exceeding plucky,)
Started out once more,
All undaunted, for
He was sure a third time was lucky.
On the next day then to her home he turned,
Fresh hopes in his breast arising,
For he knew of old
That a heart now cold
Can tomorrow be sympathizing.
A small cigar he put to his lips,
He longed for the fragrant flavour;
A match was all he asked her to grant,
'Twas not such a wondrous favour.
At length she came,
her cheeks all aflame
When finally he besought her.
And so that night
his heart was alight,
And also the cigar he brought her!

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