Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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130 SIE JOHN suckling's campaign.
And as he pass'd by, they began to cry, " Sir John, why will you go fight-a ? "
But he, like a cruel knight, spurr'd on,
His heart did not relent-a; For, till he came there, he shew'd no fear; u
Till then why should he repent-a ?
The king (God bless him!) had singular hopes
Of him and all his troop-a: The borderers they, as they met him on the way,
For joy did hollow and whoop-a.                       
None lik'd him so well as his own colonel, Who took him for John de Weart-a;
But when there were shows of gunning and blows, My gallant was nothing so peart-a.
For when the Scots army came within sight, 25
And all men prepared to fight-a, He ran to his tent; they ask'd what he meant;
He swore he must needs goe s--------a.
The colonel sent for him back agen,
To quarter him in the van-a,                                a>
15. For till he came there, what had he to fear;
Or why should he repent-a ?               Percy.
22. John de Wert was a German general of reputation, and the terror of the French in the reign of Louis XIII. Hence his name became proverbial in France, where he was called De Vert. Percy.







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