Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana 273
ANSWER TO THE GYPSY'S WARNING
Only one text of the "Answer" has been recovered in this state. See Belden, No. 35; Shoemaker, p. 94.
"Answer to the Gypsy's Warning." Contributed by Miss Edith Del Hopkins, of Boonville, Indiana. Warrick County. Obtained from her mother, Mrs. A. J. Hopkins. July 7, 1935.
1. Lady, do not heed her warning;
Trust me, thou shalt find me true. Constant as the light of morning,
Lady, I will be to you. Lady, I will not deceive thee,
Fill thy guiltless heart with woe. Lady, trust me and believe me ;
Sorrow thou shalt never know.
2. Lady, all life's joys would perish,
Pleasures all would wither fast, If no hearts would love and cherish
In this world of storm and blast. E'en the stars that gleam above thee
Shine the brightest in the night; So would he who fondly loves thee
In the darkness be thy light
3. Down beside a flowing river
Where the dark-green willow weeps, Where the lofty branches quiver,
There a gentle maiden sleeps. In the morn a lonely stranger
Comes and lingers many hours; Lady, he's no heartless ranger,
For he strews her grave with flowers.
4. Lady, do not heed her warning;
Lay thy soft white hand in mine, For I seek no fairer laurel
Than the constant love of thine. When the silvery moonbeams brighten,
Thou shalt slumber on my breast, Tender words thy soul enlighten,
Lull thy spirit unto rest.