Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 5 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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And one for a peny, whenas I get any,                  is
That nothing I may leese."
Now Little John he is a begging gone,
Seeking for some relief; But of all the beggers he met on the way,
Little John he was the chief.                                 ao
But as he was walking himself alone,
Four beggers he chanced to spy, Some deaf, and some blind, and some came behind;
Says John, " Here's brave company.
" Good-morrow," said John, " my brethren dear, 25
Good fortune I had you to see ; "Which way do you go ? pray let me know,
For I want some company.
" 0 what is here to do ? " then said Little John, ." Why ring all these bells ? " said he;                  a>
" What dog is a hanging ? come, let us be ganging, That we the truth may see."
" Here is no dog a hanging," then one of them said,
" Good fellow, we tell unto thee; But here is one dead that will give us cheese and bread,                                                                               ss
And it may be one single penny."
35,36. The allusion is of course to the dole at funerals.