Studies In Folk-song And Popular Poetry

An Extensive Investigation Into The Sources And Inspiration Of National Folk Song

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THE FOLK-SONGS OF POITOU.             225
Pray tell me, Nanon,
Where does this road go ? When you have found out,
Then you will know.
Come, my dear Nanon,
Under the green shade. Would you have me think
Of heat you 're afraid ?
Is he then happy,
The shepherd you know ? If he is unhappy,
He does n't seem so.
You love him, Nanon,
As I adore you ? Yes, indeed, kind sir,
And much better too.
Pray tell me, Nanon,
Who made you so smart ? You, too, have studied,
And learned things by heart.
In my father's house,
I have studied deep. I got my learning
In watching my sheep.
One of the favorite ruses is that by which the shepherd maid induces the gallant to let her go, on some frivolous excuse and a promise to return, and
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