Don't You Want a Paper, Dearie?
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- By the seashore, close together sitting,
- Were youth and miss.
- Time was short, the hours were swiftly flitting:
- How they wished a kiss!
- Other eyes were looking at them shyly,
- Till the maid blushed red!
- Then he bought a paper and, so slyly,
- To the maid he said:
- Don't you want a paper, dearie?
- Read it through and through.
- Tales of war and tales of money,
- Things that people do;
- Tales of lovers true forever,
- Just like me and you!
- Look a little closer, dearie,
- That's in the paper too.
- So they made believe to read the paper:
- Clever little game!
- Till the rest observed their little caper,
- Thought they'd try the same.
- Ev'ryone a paper seem'd a-needing,
- News boys humm'd the tune.
- Then they sat in couples, closely reading,
- All the afternoon.