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THE FOLK-SONGS OF POITOU. 227
Then the love songs of Poitou have a light and humorous turn, a jest at the fickleness of the runaway lover, and the easy consolation of the young maiden, whose desire is more to have a lover than that he should be any particular person. La Belle Rosalie illustrates this gay mockery of youthful love.
THE FAIR ROSALIE.
The fair Rosalie
Has lost her lover bold, Is n't she unhappy,
Only fifteen years old!
He promised to return, —
The deep woods were to blame, —
But she has waited vainly ; The traitor never came.
" Nightingale that sings, Nightingale that flies, Tell me, tell me truly, Where my lover lies."
" Your lover, maiden fair,
Has gone across the Rhine. Captains three are with him, And he is brave and fine.
" Exchange your woman's dress For a soldier's coat of blue :