Dolly Varden (from Dolly Varden, 1901)

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In me behold a lover,
Whose sweetheart’s under cover,
For days I’ve followed her through every street.
I’ll swear she’s young and pretty,
The sweetest in the city,
Though I’ve only seen her ankles and her feet.
She is charming, she is fair,
With a wealth of golden hair;
I’m as sure of that as I am sure of sinning.
’Cause her ankles wondrous trim
And her feet are small and slim;
Such an ending means a beautiful begining.

Ah! Dainty Dolly, Dolly Varden,
Fragrant as a summer garden.
She walked into my heart,
From there she’ll ne’er depart,
My life would be complete with Dolly near.
Oh! Dainty Dolly, Dolly Varden,
Fragrant as a summer garden,
Much sweeter than the rose,
No fairer flower grows.
Oh! how I love you, dainty Dolly dear,
Dolly Varden, Dolly Varden,
Oh! how I love you, dainty Dolly dear.

I’ll follow her forever,
I’ll never leave her, never,
Someday alone with her I hope to meet.
The way that I shall know her,
My eyes I’ll slyly lower,
Till they rest upon her ankles and her feet.
She is lovely, it is true, She has eyes of grayish blue;
I’m as sure of that as I am sure of sinning.
’Cause her ankles wondrous trim
And her feet are small and slim;
Such an ending means a beautiful begining.