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Pretty Mohea
2.  She came and sat by, and taking my hand, Said, "You are a stranger and in a fair land, But if you will follow, you're welcome to come And dwell in the cottage that I call my home."
3.  Together we wandered, together we roamed
Till we came to the cottage in the cocoanut grove; "Now if you'll consent, sir, to stay here with me, I'll teach you the language of the lass of Mohea."
4.  "Oh, no, my dear maiden, that never can be, For I have a sweetheart in my own country, And I'll not forsake her; 1 know she loves me; She's a heart just as true as the pretty Mohea."
5.  The last time I saw her, she stood on the sand; As my boat passed her she waved her hand,
Saying, "When you have landed with the girl that you love, Think of little Mohea in the cocoanut grove."
6. And when I landed on my own native shore, Kind friends and relations around me once more, I gazed all about me; not one could I see
That I could compare with the pretty Mohea.
7. And the girl that I trusted proved untrue to me; So I'll turn my steps backward across the blue sea; I'll turn my steps backward; from this land I'll flee And go spend my days with the pretty Mohea.
"Little Mauniee." Obtained from Ray Bohanan, Indian Gap, Route 15, Sevierville, Sevier County, Tennessee, August, 1929.
1. As I went ouc roaming for pleasure one day, In self recollection the hours passed away. As I sat a-sunning myself in the grass,
Who could I spy coming but a young Indian lass ?
2,  She came and sat by me and took up my hand: "You look like a stranger and in a strange land." Together we wandered; together we roamed, Till we came to the cottage in the cocoanut grove.

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