Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

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SADDLE TO RAGS.                     265
From Ancient Poems, Ballads, and Songs of the Peasantry of England, Percy Society, vol. xvii. p. 126. The editor took this piece down from the recita­tion of a Yorkshire yeoman. Other ballads are popu­lar with nearly the same plot, one of them called The Crafty Ploughboy, or the Highwayman outwitted. An­other of a similar description is Jock the Leg and the Merry Merchant, (Buchan's Ballads of the North of Scotland, ii. 165,) formed on the model of some Robin Hood ballad.
This story I'm going to sing,
I hope it will give you content, Concerning a silly old man
That was going to pay his rent.
As he was a-riding along,                                     s
Along all on the highway, A gentleman-thief overtook him,
And thus unto him did say.
" O well overtaken, old man,
0 well overtaken," said he ;                             w
" Thank you kindly, sir," says the old man,-
" If you be for my companie."
" How far are you going this way ? " It made the old man to smile;