Poetry of Kansas

That Red-Haired Girl.

THAT red-haired girl, with azure eye___
Just now I saw her tripping by!
       What makes me start and tremble so?
       'Tis not that red-'haired girl, I know!
And yet, somehow, I heave a sigh.
For she is fair and tall, while I,
Alas, am dark, and thin, and dry;
       What stuff is this I've writ! but oh,
             That red-haired girl!
What odds to me, you say?  Oh, my,
How hard it is to tell a lie
       When one beholds that throat of snow___
       And eyes grow dim, and pulses go!
God bless my soul's delight! Who? Why,
             That red-haired girl.

__Albert Bigelow Paine.

Rhymes by Two Friends
Albert Bigelow Paine & William Allen White
(Fort Scott: M. L. Izor and Son. 1893)
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