MOLLY BAWN. 23
tilting her hat so that it falls backward from her head and
lies on the green sward behind, ' it is hardly dark yet.'
' It is the most beautiful hair in the world,' says he,
touching with gentle, revei-ential fingers the silken coils that
glint, and shimmer in the suulight. ' And it is a name that
suits you—and you only.'
' Did I never sing you the old Irish song I claim as my
* You never sang for me at all.'
* What! you have been here a whole week, and I have
never sang for you ?' With widely opened eyes of pure
surprise. ' What could I have been thinking about ? Do
you know, I sing very nicely.' This without the faintest
atom of conceit. ' Listen, then, and I will sing to you now.'
With her hands clasped around her knees, her head bare,
her tresses a little loosened by the wind, and her large eyes
fixed upon the distant hills, she thus sweetly sings :—
0 Molly Bawn! why leave me pining,
All lonely waiting here for you,
While the stars above are brightly shining,
Because they've nothing else to do ?
0 Molly Bawn! Molly Bawn !
The flowers late were open keeping.
To try a rival blush with you ;
But their motlier, Nature, set them sleeping.
With their rosv faces washed in dew.
O Molly B'awn ! Molly Bawn !
The village watchdog here is snarling;
He takes me for a thief, you see;
For he knows I'd steal j'Ou, Molly darling,
And then transported I should be !
O Molly Bawn ! Molly Bawn !
' An odd old song, isn't it ?' she says presently, glancing
at him curiously, when she has finished singing, and waited,
and yet heard no smallest sound of praise. ' You do not
speak. Of what are you thinking 1'
' Of the injustice of it,' says he in a low, thoughtful tone.
' Had you not a bounteous store already when this last great
charm was added on? Some poor wretches have nothing,
some but a meagre share, while you have wrested from
Fortune all her best gifts—beauty------'
* No, no, stop,' cries Molly gaily; ' before you enumerate
the good things that belong to me remember that I still lack
the chiefest; I have no money. I am without doubt the