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176 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
4. Then this kind expression she made unto me:
"If you will consent, sir, to stay here with me And go no more roving upon the salt sea,
I'll teach you the language of the lass of Mohea."
5. "0 no, my dear maiden, that never could be,
For I have a truelove in my own country; And I'll not forsake her, for I know she loves me, And her heart is as true as the pretty Mohea."
6. 'T was early one morning, a morning in May,
That to this fair maiden these words I did say: "I'm going to leave you; so farewell, my dear,
My ship's sails are spreading, and home I must steer."
7. The last time I saw her she stood on the strand,
And as the boat passed her she waved me her hand, Saying, "When you have landed with the girl that you love, Think of little Mohea in the cocoanut grove."
8. And then when I landed on my own native shore,
With friends and relations around me once more, I gazed all about me; not one could I see
That was fit to compare with the little Mohea.
9. And the girl that I trusted proved untrue to me;
So I'll turn my course backward far o'er the sea. Til turn my course backward; from this land I'll flee, I'll go spend my days with my pretty Mohea.
"The Pretty Mohea." Contributed by Miss Edith Del Hopkins, of Boonville, Indiana. Warrick County. July 9, 1935.
1. As I was out walking for pleasure one day,
For sweet recreation by myself I did stray; As I was reclining upon the green grass,
0 who should come near but a shy Indian lass?