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24.—THE THREE HUNTSMEN.
There were three jovial Welshmen,
As I have heard men say, And they would go a-hunting, boys,
Upon St. David's Day. And all the day they hunted,
But nothing could they find, Except a ship a-sailing,
A sailing with the wind.
And a-hunting they did go.
: One said it surely was a ship, The second he said, Nay; The third declared it was a house With the chimney blown away. Then all the night they hunted, And nothing could they find, Except the moon a-gliding, A-gliding with the wind.
And a-hunting they did go.
I One said it surely was the moon, The second he said, Nay; The third declared it was a cheese
The half o't cut away. Then all next day they hunted, And nothing could they find, Except a hedgehog in a bush, And that they left behind.
And a-hunting they did go.
4  One said it was a hedgehog,
The second he said, Nay; The third, it was a pincushion,
The pins stuck in wrong way. Then all next night they hunted,
And nothing could they find, Except a hare in a turnip field,
And that they left behind.
And a-hunting they did go.
5   One said it surely was a hare,
The second he said. Nay; The third, he said it was a calf,
And the cow had run away. Then all next day they hunted.
And nothing could they find. But one owl in a hollv-tree
And that they left behind.
And a-hunting they did go.
6  One said it surely was an owl,
The second he said, Nay; The third said t'was an aged man
Whose beard was growing grey. Then all three jovial Welshmen
Came riding home at last, " For three days we have nothing killed,
And never broke our fast! '
And a-hunting they did go.
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