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THE GYPSIES [OR, GIPSIES], by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Where do the gypsies come from?
Last Line: Or look in a gypsy's eye.
Subject(s): Egypt; Gypsies; Gipsies


Where do the gypsies come from?
The gypsies come from Egypt.
The fiery sun begot them,
Their dam was the desert dry.
She lay there stripped and basking,
And them suck for the asking,
And an Emperor's bone to play with,
Whenever she heard them cry.

What did the gypsies do there?
They built a tomb for Pharoah,
They built a tomb for Pharoah,
So tall it touched the sky.
They buried him deep inside it,
Then let what would betide it,
They saddled their lean-ribbed ponies
And left him there to die.

What do the gypsies do now?
They follow the Sun, their father,
They follow the Sun, their father,
They know not whither or why.
Whatever they find they take it,
And if it's a law they break it.
So never you talk to a gypsy,
Or look in a gypsy's eye.




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