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THE DRAGON OF WANTLEY.
A dragon slew at Lerna,
To see and well discern-a:
Or he ne'er had done it, I warrant ye: But More of More-hall, with nothing at all,
He slew the dragon of Wantley.
Each one upon each shoulder;
Which made him bolder and bolder.
Four-and-forty teeth of iron; With a hide as tough as any buff,
Which did him round environ.
3. Have you not heard how the Trojan horse
Held seventy men in his belly ? This dragon was not quite so big,
But very near, I 'll tell ye; Devoured he poor children three,
That could not with him grapple; And at one sup he ate them up,
As one would eat an apple.
Some say he ate up trees,
Devour up by degrees :
He ate all and left none behind, But some stones, dear Jack, that he could not crack,
Which on the hills you will find.
Men, women, girls, and boys,
And made a hideous noise,
Thou peerless knight of these woods;
We'll give thee all our goods.
6. This being done, he did engage
To hew the dragon down;
Bespeak at Sheffield town;
Of steel so sharp and strong,
Some five or six inches long.
7. Had you but seen him in this dress,
How fierce he looked, and how big, You would have thought him for to be
Some Egyptian porcupig :
He frighted all, cats, dogs, and all,
Each cow, each horse, and each hog :
Some strange, outlandish hedgehog.
To see this fight all people then
Got up on trees and houses,
But these put on their trousers,
To make him strong and mighty,
And a quart of aqua-vitæ.
9. It is not strength that always wins,
For wit doth strength excel;
Creep down into a well,
And so he did in truth;
And kicked him in the mouth.
And turned six times together,
Out of his throat of leather:
Would I had seen thee never; With the thing at thy foot thou hast pricked my throat,
And I'm quite undone for ever.
11. Murder! murder !' the dragon cried,
Alack, alack, for grief; Had you
but missed that place, you could
And down he laid and cried ;
So groaned, and kicked, and died !
1. All in the Downs the fleet was moored,
The streamers waving in the wind,
Oh! where shall I my true-love find ?
2. William, who high upon the yard
Rocked with the billow to and fro, Soon as her well-known voice he heard
He sighed, and cast his eyes below : The cord slides swiftly through his glowing hands, And quick as lightning on the deck he stands.
3. So the sweet lark, high poised in air,
Shuts close his pinions to his breast If chance his mate's shrill call he hear,
And drops at once into her nest:
The noblest captain in the British fleet
4. O Susan, Susan, lovely dear,
My vows shall ever true remain ; Let me kiss off that falling tear;
We only part to meet again. Change as ye list, ye winds; my heart shall be The faithful compass that still points to thee.
5. · Believe not what the landmen say,
Who tempt with doubts thy constant mind : They'll tell thee, sailors, when away,
In every port a mistress find :
6. "If to fair India's coast we sail,
Thy eyes are seen in diamonds bright;
Thy skin is ivory so white.
7. “Though battle call me from thy arms,
Let not my pretty Susan mourn ; Though cannons roar, yet safe from harms
William shall to his dear return. Love turns aside the balls that round me fly, Lest precious tears should drop from Susan's eye.'