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    The Coy One

    by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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    ONE Spring-morning bright and fair,

    Roam'd a shepherdess and sang;
    Young and beauteous, free from care,

    Through the fields her clear notes rang:
    So, Ia, Ia! le ralla, &c.

    Of his lambs some two or three

    Thyrsis offer'd for a kiss;
    First she eyed him roguishly,

    Then for answer sang but this:
    So, Ia, Ia! le ralla, &c.

    Ribbons did the next one offer,

    And the third, his heart so true
    But, as with the lambs, the scoffer

    Laugh'd at heart and ribbons too,--
    Still 'twas Ia! le ralla, &c.

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