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I'm on an expedition,
And have no time to stay."
Then round him came this company,
And bid him to dismount; " Come, tell us where you're going,
Give us a strict account; For we are now resolved,
That you shall ne'er pass by." Upon examination
They found he was a spy.
He begged for his liberty,
He plead for his discharge, And oftentimes he told them,
If they'd set him at large, " Here's all the gold and silver
I have laid up in store, But when I reach the city,
I'll give you ten times more."
" I want not the gold and silver You have laid up in store, And when you get to New York, You need not send us more ;