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 THE father's name ye ne'er shall be told

Of my darling unborn life;
"Shame, shame," ye cry, "on the strumpet bold!"

Yet I'm an honest wife.
To whom I'm wedded, ye ne'er shall be told, Yet he's both loving and fair; He wears on his neck a chain of gold, And a hat of straw doth he wear.
If scorn 'tis vain to seek to repel, On me let the scorn be thrown.
I know him well, and he knows me well, And to God, too, all is known.
Sir Parson and Sir Bailiff, again, I pray you, leave me in peace! My child it is, my child 'twill remain, So let your questionings cease! 1815.

Poem by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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