Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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THE DRAGON Or WANTLEY.             129
Have you not heard how the Trojan horse
Held seventy men in his belly ? This dragon was not quite sd big,
But very near, I'll tell ye.                                 
Devoured he poor children three,
That could not with him grapple ; And at one sup he eat them up, As one would eat an apple.
All sorts of cattle this dragon did eat;               as
Some say he ate up trees, And that the forests sure he would Devour up by degrees ; For houses and churches were to him geese and turkies; He ate all, and left none behind,                           so
But some stones, dear Jack, that he could not crack, Which on the hills you will find.
In Yorkshire, near fair Rotherham,
The place I know it well, Some two or three miles, or thereabouts, as I vow I cannot tell; But there is a hedge, just on the hill edge,
And Matthew's house hard by it; 0 there and then was this dragon's den,
You could not chuse but spy it.                         »
29, were to him gorse and birches. Other copies. vol. Yni.               9







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