Came a pretty maid By the moon's pure light, Loved me well, she said, Eyes with tears all bright, A pretty maid! But too late she strayed, Moonlight pure was there; She was [naught]1 but shade, Hiding the more fair, The heavenly maid!
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1 Stanford: "nought"
- by Mary Ann Evans (1819 - 1880), as George Eliot, no title, appears in The Spanish Gypsy, first published 1868 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "Came a pretty maid", op. 1 no. 5, from Eight songs from "The Spanish Gypsy", no. 5. [text verified 1 time]
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