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178 Indiana University Publications, Folklore Series
2. She sat down beside me, took hold of my hand,
Saying, "You look like a stranger, not one from our land; And if you will follow, you're welcome to come, For I live all alone in a little wigwam."
3. The sun was fast setting across the wide lea
As I wandered along with little Mauhee; Together we rambled, together we roved,
Till we came to a hut in a cocoanut grove.
4. She opened the door and invited me in,
And treated me kindly to what was therein, Saying, "Don't go a-roving out on the wide sea,
And I'll learn you the language of little Mauhee."
5. "Mauhee, Mauhee, that never can be,
For I have a sweetheart in my own country. I've promised to wed her, the pride of the lea; Her heart beats as fondly as yours, Mauhee "
6. That last time I saw her she was out on the strand,
And as I sailed by her she waved her hand, Saying, "When you get home to the girl that you love, 0 think of Mauhee in the cocoanut grove."
7. So now I'm at home on my old native shore,
My friends and connection crowd round me once more ; But of all that crowd round me not one do I see That I can compare with little Mauhee.
8. The girl that I trusted proved untrue to me;
I'll turn my course backward across the wide sea. I'll turn my course backward; from this land I'll flee, And go spend my days with little Mauhee.
"The Pretty Mohea.w Contributed by Mrs. Pearl Engier, of Princeton, Indiana, Gibson County. August 22,1035. Nine stanzas!