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Legend of the Spanish Moss.
Number on back bottom left: 253-F.
Note poem reads: "A villain there was named Gorez Goz Who journeyed here from Spain. The natives feared him much because His heart was set on a gain. Gorez espied an Indian maid Who filled his fondest hope. He bought her for a yard of braid And a little bar of soap. The Indian maid was sore afraid And fled this bearded brute. She sped o'er hill and field and glade With Gorez in pursuit. At last the maiden climbed a tree; The Spaniard did the same The lass was bent on being free; Gorez desired his claim! She balanced on a slender limb Then dove into the brook. She much preferred a morning swim To this bearded Spanish crook. The troubles of Gorez begin His naughty plans are queered. He snags the whiskers of his chin The branches hold his beard. The Indian maiden thus is free Gorez's life is a loss, But his beard lives on for you to see. As dangling Spanish Moss! T. S. Y."
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Legend of the Spanish Moss. 1950. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/269715>, accessed 1 July 2022.
Legend of the Spanish Moss. 1950. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/269715>