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Some say he ate up trees,
Devour up by degrees :
He ate all and left none behind,
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.
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 horse, and each hog: For fear they did flee, for they took him to be
Some strange, outlandish hedgehog.
Got up on trees and houses,
But these put on their trousers,
rose, To make him strong and mighty, He drank, by the tale, six pots of ale,
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.
Oh,' quoth the dragon with a deep sigh,
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;
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 ?
Rocked with the billow to and fro,
He sighed, and cast his eyes below :
Shuts close his pinions to his breast
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.'
The sails their swelling bosom spread;
They kissed, she sighed, he hung his head.
JOSEPH II. AND THE GRENADIER.
The Emperor Joseph II. of Austria was very fond of seeking for adventures. One morning, dressed in a very ordinary way, he got into a public conveyance, and told the driver to take him through the town. The cab having been obstructed by some carts, a soldier came up to the disguised monarch and said : Comrade, will you give me
Emperor. Gladly; jump up quickly, for I am in a hurry.
Soldier. Ah! you are a fine fellow; you only want moustaches to look like a soldier. Tell me now (Tapping his royal neighbour on the shoulder), are you a good hand at guessing?
Emperor. Maybe I am. Try.
Soldier. Well then, friend, give your whole mind to it, and tell me what I ate this morning for breakfast ?
Emperor. Saurkraut, and a cup of coffee.