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284 THE LAIDLET WORM
He called straight his merry men all,
They thirty were and three : " I wish I were at Spindleston,
This desperate worm to see. «o
" We have no time now here to waste,
Hence quickly let us sail: My only sister Margaret,
Something, I fear, doti ail."
They built a ship without delay, «
With masts of the rown tree, With flutring sails of silk so fine,
And set her on the sea.
They went on board; the wind with speed, Blew them along the deep ; 70
At length they spied an huge square tower On avrock high and steep.
The sea was smooth, the weather cl'ear;
When they approached nigher, King Ida's castle they well knew, n
And the banks of Bambroughshire.
The queen look'd out at her bower window,
To see what she could see; There she espied a gallant ship
Sailing upon the sea. so
When she beheld th& silken sails,
Full glancing in the sun,, To sink the ship she sent away
Her. witch wives every one.