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I know not if I shall gain belief,
For the broken faith I sing.
In a tone her blushes to bring.
She to a sister's lover bent
An ear of attention, and possibly went,
A little too far, I fear.
And the whispered words in her ear.
He began to make love in a desperate style;
Awaiting Annie's return;
That soon deeper emotions burn.
And Eva, who never expected wrong,
Upon my vision the picture came,
To another singing his song.
Tears and sobs, like a summer's storm,
As she listened to perfidy.
Was aught of infamy.
That he, who a little time ago,
Had seemed no other pleasure to know,
But Annie's loving smile.
Strive her heart to beguile!
But if Eva was young, her heart was strong,
She scorned the traitor there.
Ere any one was aware.
Her mind resolved, whate'er might come,
Sooner than see again
Annie's face. When returned from her stay,
So Eva arose, and nobly fled;
Her heart at leaving her mother bled,
Though upheld by a right divine. I only knew where she went the while, I followed her path by the light of her smile,
To a home with a friend of mine.
A mother's voice for a daughter calls,
A mother cries in vain,
For Eva is far away;
The echoes ring from silent walls,
The cries are cries of pain;
It is a weary day.
'Twas I suggested a home of love
I liked not deceiving a mother's heart,
But I yielded when she gave
A note, telling she was well,
And for Eva I bore my part,
At their questions of course looking grave,
Where my promise forbade to tell.
Alfred knows the cause of gentle Eva's flight,
But he stands aloof;
His lips curl up with scorn,
A smile satirically worn.
His eyes fixed on the roof,
When I bid him speak,
Tell them all he knows;
His look his knowledge shows,
And his reddening cheek.
He knows not where she is,
And he fears disgrace,
When Annie's returning face,
Tells him she is his,
When they are married, I hope he will prove
Annie's wedding-day dawns bright,
All night while the thunder pealed,
With sheets of fire the sky
The sun sprang up from his rest,
Brightening all around;
His warming rays soon expressed