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First Line: Poor lisa! Oft her folly has been sung
Last Line: To tell of lisa's weeping afterward.
Alternate Author Name(s): Leigh, Arbor; Guggenberger, Mrs. Ignatz; Bevington, L. S.
Subject(s): Grief; Sorrow; Sadness

POOR Lisa! Oft her folly has been sung,
Of how she saw, and needs must love, a king,
And make him know that wistful, tender thing --
Her little loyal heart -- by minstrel tongue;
And how she felt herself more proudly blest
Than many a bride, long wooed and triumphing,
Who on her finger wears the plighted ring,
And lays her safe head on a husband's breast: --
Because her dear king hearkened to the bard,
And royally came once to Lisa's cot
And kissed her brow: -- of how she deemed her lot
Rich at that hour beyond all dreamt reward!
There the tale ends: it suits the singer not
To tell of Lisa's weeping afterward.

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