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             John Dory
i
AS it fell on a holy-day, And upon a holy-tide-a, John Dory bought him an ambling nsg, To Paris for to ride-a.
II And when John Dory to Paris was come,
A little before the gate-a, John Dory was fitted, the porter was witted
To let him in thereat-a.
in The first man that John Dory did meet
Was good King John of France-a ; John Dory could well of his courtesie,
But fell downe in a trance-a. rv ' A pardon, a pardon, my liege and my king,
For my merry men and for me-a, And all the churls in merry England,
l'le bring them all bound to thee-a.'
v And Nichol was then a Cornish man,
A little beside Bohyde-a, He mann'd him forth a good black barke,
With fifty good oars of a side-a.
VI
' Run up, my boy, unto the maine top, And look what thou canst spy-a: '
' Who ho ! who ho ! a good ship I do see, I trow it be John Dory-a.'
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