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Orphan Girl
5. "I must freeze," she cried, as she sank to the steps And strove to cover her feet
With her ragged garments covered with snow, Yes, covered with snow and sleet.
6. The rich man lay on his velvet couch And dreamed of his silver and gold While the orphan in her bed of snow Was murmuring, "So cold, so cold!"
7. The night was dark and the snow fell fast, As the rich man closed his door;
And his proud lips curled with scorn as he said, "No bed, no room for the poor."
8. The mornu.g dawned but the orphan girl Still lay at the rich man's door
And her soul had fled to the home above Where there's bread and room for the poor.
Obtained from Mrs. Helen Tufts Bailie, 22 De Wolfe Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, who had it from John Oliver, Cade's Cove, Blount County, Tennessee, April 10, 1931. Mr. Oliver writes that he had it from Mrs. M. Lawson-Lequire of Cade's Cove, the daughter of Daniel Brownlow Lawson.
1. "No home, no home," cried a little girl At the door of a princely hall
While she trimbhng stood on the marble step And leaned on the polished wall.
2. Her clothes were thin and her feet were bare And the snow had covered her head.
"Oh I give me a home," she feebly said, "A home and a piece of bread.
3. "My father, alas! I never knew," And the tears began to rise so bright; "My mother sleeps in a new made grave; It's an orphan that begs tonight."
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