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ENGLISII SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
many songs. Dryden refers to it, as one of the most hackneyed in his time, in one of his lampoons:
" But Sunderland, Godolphin, Lory, *                              These will appear such chits in story,
'Twill turn all politics to jest, To be repeated, like John Dory, When fiddlers sing at feasts." The above lines were also printed under the name of the " Earl of Rochester."
The name of the fish called John Dory, corrupted from doree or dorn, is another proof of the great popularity of this song.
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.
The first man that John Dory did meet, Was good King John of France-a :
John Dory could well of his courtesie, But fell down in a trance-a.
A pardon, a pardon, my liege and king,
For my merry men and me-a : And all the churls in merry England
I'll bring them bound to thee-a.
And Nichol was then a Cornish man,
A little beside Bohyde-a; And he manned forth a good black bark,
With fifty good oars on a side-a.
Run up, my boy, into the main 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.
They hoist their sails, both top and top,
The mizen and all was tried-a; And every man stood to his lot,
Whatever should betide-a.
The roaring cannons then were plied, And dub-a-dub went the drum-a ;
The braying trumpets loud they cried, To courage both all and some-a.
The grappling hooks were brought at length,
The brown bill and the sword-a : John Dory at length, for all his strength, Was clapt fast under board-a.