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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: IV. Youth
Beware!
From the German
 
Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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