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Brewster: Ballads and Songs of Indiana          321
"Hark to the Eoaring Sheep!" Contributed by Dr. Claude Lomax, of Dale, Indiana. Spencer County. Obtained from Mr. Nath Underhill, of Doolittle Mills, Indiana. Perry County. February 5, 1936.
1.   Hark to the roaring sheep, sir;
Hark to the break of day, For the biggest sheep I ever saw Was fed on corn and hay,
2.   Four feet he had, sir;
Upon four feet he stood. Every foot he had, sir,
Covered an acre of ground.1
3.   The wool upon his back, sir,
Reached to the sky; The eagles built their nests there, For I heard the young ones cry.
4.   Two horns he had, sir,
Reached up to the moon ; A man went up in May, sir,
And never got back till June.
5.   One tooth he had, sir,
Held a bushel of corn; The other tooth he had, sir, Made a good bugle horn.
6.   The man that owned this sheep, sir,
Was liable to get rich, But the man that made this song, sir, Was a lying son-of-a-b-----!
1 Cf. the second stanza of A*

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