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Posted By: GUEST,Q
20-Jun-03 - 08:03 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: The Orphan Girl (from Buell Kazee)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE ORPHAN GIRL (from Bodleian)
Lyr. Add: THE ORPHAN GIRL (Bodleian)

An Orphan once in doleful plaint
sang near a Great Man's door,
In thrilling notes her woes to paint
While truth each Cadence bore:

"Ah! Why hast thou, stern Fate, she cried
"Woe clad the day my parents died!

Thro' accents soft and (?words) most sweet,
Her mis'ry found its way
Could Orpheus 'self her notes repeat
Her power he'd not display!
Cho: Ah! [Why] hast thou etc.

Her eye thro' liquid sorrow shone
And artless(?) magic proved
Her voice had charm'd a heart of stone
Yet here was heard unmoved.
Cho: Ah! Why hast thou etc.

Now forth the Slave of Riches rush'd
And thrust her from his door
She fainting fell, her voice was hush'd
Her crime was--- she was poor!
She ceased(?) nor more stern Fate could chide
Or mourn the day her Parents died.

Then passing Pity, weeping said,
"Thou hapless child of Need:
No more a monster's anger dread,
"My care thy want shall feel
"No more shalt thou, sweet Maid," she cried,
"Bewail the day thy Parents died!

Harding B 25(1429), Ballads Catalogue, Bodleian Library. J. Pitts, London, between 1802 and 1819. Copy foxed and poorly printed, difficult to read.