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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XIV: Russian—Scandinavian—Miscellaneous
 
The Ring
Popular Serbian Poems
 
From Vuk’s Collection

THE STREAMLET rippled through the mead, beneath the maple-tree;
There came a maid down to that stream—a lovely maid was she;
From the white walls of old Belgrade the maid came smilingly.
Young Mirko saw, and offered her a golden fruit, and said:
“Oh, take this apple, damsel fair, and be mine own sweet maid!”        5
She took the apple, flung it back, and said, in angry tone:
“Neither thine apple, sir, nor thee! Presumptuous youth, begone!”
 
The streamlet rippled through the mead, beneath the maple-tree;
There came a maid down to that stream—a lovely maid was she;
From the white walls of old Belgrade the maid came smilingly.        10
Young Mirko saw, and offered her a golden brooch, and said:
“Oh, take this brooch, thou damsel fair, and be mine own sweet maid!”
She took the brooch, and flung it back, and said, in peevish tone:
“I’ll neither have thee nor thy brooch! Presumptuous youth, begone!”
 
The streamlet rippled through the mead, beneath the maple-tree;        15
There came a maid down to that stream—a lovely maid was she;
From the white walls of old Belgrade the maid came smilingly.
Young Mirko saw, and offered her a golden ring, and said:
“Oh, take this ring, thou damsel fair, and be mine own sweet maid!”
She took the ring, and slipped it on, and said, in sprightliest tone:        20
“I’ll have thee, and thy golden ring, and be thy faithful one!”
 
 
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