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First Line: Before my bark the waves have curled
Last Line: Some brown-eyed girl of jersey!
Subject(s): New Jersey; Women

Before my bark the waves have curled
As it bore me thrice around the world;
And for forty years have met my eyes
The beauties born under wide-spread skies.
But though far and long may be my track,
It is never too far for looking back;
And I see them, -- see them, over the sea,
As I saw them when youth still dwelt with me, --
The brown-eyed girls of Jersey!

They are Quakers, half, -- half maids of Spain;
Half Yankees, with fiery Southern brain;
They are English, French, -- they are Irish elves;
They are better than all, in being themselves!
They are coaxing things, -- then wild and coy;
They are full of tears, -- full of mirth and joy.
They madden the brain, like rich old wine:
And no wonder at all if they've maddened mine, --
The brown-eyed girls of Jersey!

Some day, when distant enough my track,
To the Land of the Free I shall wander back;
And if not too gray, both heart and hair,
To win the regard of a thing so fair, --
I shall try the power of the blarney-stone
In making some darling girl my own, --
Some darling girl, that still may be
Keeping all her beauty and grace for me, --
Some brown-eyed girl of Jersey!

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