Crazy Jane (1)/Crazy Jane

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Crazy Jane (1)  (between 1815 and 1825) 
Crazy Jane


Why, fair maid, in every feature,
Are such signs of fear exprest?
Can a wandering, wretched creature,
With such terror fill thy breast?
Do my frenzied looks alarm thee?
Trust me sweet, thy fears are vain:
Not for kingdom would I harm thee:
Shun not then poor Crazy Jane.

Dost thou weep to see my anguish?
Mark me and avoid my wo;
When men flatter sigh and languish,
Think them false,———I found them so.
For I lov’d oh so sincerely,
None could ever love again,
But the youth I lov’d so dearly
Stole the wits of Crazy Jane.

Fondly my young heart received him,
Which was doom’d to love but one;
He sigh’d he vow’d and I believ’d him,
He was false, and I undone.

From that hour has reason never
Held her empire o’er my brain,
Henry fled, with him for ever
Fled the wits of Crazy Jane.

Now forlorn and broken-hearted,
And with frenzied thoughts beset
On that spot where last we parted,
On that spot where first we met,
Still I sing my love-lorn ditty,
Still I slowly pace the plain,
While each passer by, in pity,
Cries, God help thee, Crazy Jane.

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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