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THE SONG OF THE WANDERING LADY,

FOUNDED ON A TRUE STORY.

1 THROUGH dreary wilds forlorn I go
2 When loud the storms of winter blow;
3 On me they waste their rage in vain,
4 For I can feel nor joy nor pain.
5 My sheep, companions kind and true,
6 Yes, I can feel a pang for you;
7 Come gather round, and I will keep
8 The watch, and sing while you shall sleep.
9 Ah, these were once my lover's care,
10 Of all the flock he held them dear;
11 With me they left their native fold,
12 And brav'd the winds of winter cold.
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13 They follow wheresoe'er I lead,
14 And while I sit and see them feed,
15 Methinks the sunny days return
16 Ere yet my heart had learnt to mourn.
17 To mourn a father's cruel pride,
18 By whose rash hand my lover died;
19 O cruel, cruel was the deed,
20 That caus'd so kind a heart to bleed.
21 O youth belov'd, thy voice no more
22 Can peace to my sad soul restore;
23 To seek thy native hills I fly,
24 Where thou wert born I go to die!

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Title (in Source Edition): THE SONG OF THE WANDERING LADY, FOUNDED ON A TRUE STORY.
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Poems, by Mrs. John Hunter. London: Printed for T. Payne, Mews Gate, by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, Fleet Street, 1802, pp. 77-78. 

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