Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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" It's, give me all the poor men
We've starving in this land; And without delay, I'll hie me
To Lincolnshire, To sow hemp-seed and flax-seed,                     is
And hang them all there.
" For with hempen cord it's better
To stop each poor man's breath, Than with famine you should see
Your subjects starve to death."                    20
Up starts a Dutch lord,
Who to Delaware did say, " Thou deservest to be stabb'd!"
Then he turned himself away:
" Thou deservest to be stabb'd,                         25
And the dogs have thine ears, For insulting our king
In this parliament of peers." Up sprang a Welsh lord,
The brave Duke of Devonshire,                  3o
" In young Delaware's defence, I'll fight
This Dutch lord, my Sire.
" For he is in the right,
And I'll make it so appear: Him I dare to single combat,                            ss
For insulting Delaware." A stage was soon erected, 1
And to combat they went, For to kill, or to be kill'd,
It was either's full intent                               *>