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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
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From the German.
Beware!
 
(Hüt du dich!)

I KNOW a maiden fair to see,
        Take care!
She can both false and friendly be,
        Beware! Beware!
        Trust her not,        5
She is fooling thee!
 
She has two eyes, so soft and brown,
        Take care!
She gives a side-glance and looks down,
        Beware! Beware!        10
        Trust her not,
She is fooling thee!
 
And she has hair of a golden hue,
        Take care!
And what she says, it is not true,        15
        Beware! Beware!
        Trust her not,
She is fooling thee!
 
She has a bosom as white as snow,
        Take care!        20
She knows how much it is best to show,
        Beware! Beware!
        Trust her not,
She is fooling thee!
 
She gives thee a garland woven fair,        25
        Take care!
It is a fool’s-cap for thee to wear,
        Beware! Beware!
        Trust her not,
She is fooling thee!        30
 
 
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