American Ballads and Songs

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While dining they were chatting
In a jolly sort of way; And when a pretty waitress
Brought them a tray of food, They accosted her
In a manner rather rude. At first she did not notice them
Or make the least reply, Till one remark was passed
That brought tears to her eye. Then, facing her tormentors,
Cheeks now burning red, She looked a perfect picture
As appealingly she said:
•'My mother was a lady,
As yours, no doubt you'll allow, And you may have a sister
Who needs protection now. I came to this great city
To find a brother dear, You'd not dare insult me, sir,
If Jack were only here."
'Tis true one touch of nature Makes the whole world akin,
And every word she uttered Seemed to pierce their hearts within.
She left them stunned and silent Till just one cry of shame—