Ballads & Songs of Southern Michigan-songbook

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He overtook the boy upon the highway,
"You are well overtaken, young man," he did say.
7    "Jump up behind me and take a ride." "How far are you going?" the boy he replied. "About four miles, as you do know."
He jumped up behind him and away they did go.
8    They rode till they came to a long dark lane, "And here," said the robber, "I'll tell you very plain, Deliver up your money without fear or strife,
Or oil this very night I will take your tender life."
9   John seeing there was no room for dispute, Jumped off of the horse without fear or doubt; From the lining of his coat the money he pulled out, And in the tall grass he strewed it all about.
10 The highwayman jumped off from his horse, So little did he think it would be to his loss; While gathering up the money where John had it strewed, John jumped on horseback and away he rode.
n The highwayman called to John for to stay, But John never heeded but still rode away; And unto his master he did bring Horse, saddle, and bridle, and many a fine thing.
12   The maid seeing John coming home,
Went to acquaint her master in the next room; He came to the door and says to him thus: "Why, John, has my cow turned into a horse?"
13    "O no, good master, your cow I sold,
Was robbed of the money by a highwayman bold; While gathering up the money to put in his purse, I jumped on horseback and rode off with his horse."
14   The saddlebags were taken, and soon it was told Five hundred pounds in silver and gold, Besides a brace of pistols. Says John, "I vow,
I think, good master, I have well sold your cow."

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