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284A: John Dory

284A.1	 As it fell on a holy-day,
	 And vpon an holy-tide-a,
	 Iohn Dory bought him an ambling nag,
	 To Paris for to ride-a.
284A.2	 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.
284A.3	 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.
284A.4	 'A pardon, a pardon, my liege and my king,
	 For my merie men and for me-a,
	 And all the churles in merie England,
	 I'le bring them all bound to thee-a.'
284A.5	 And Nicholl was then a Cornish man,
	 A little beside Bohide-a,
	 And he mande forth a good blacke barke,
	 With fiftie good oares on a side-a.
284A.6	 'Run vp, my boy, vnto the maine top,
	 And looke what thou canst spie-a:'
	 'Who ho! who ho! a goodly ship I do see,
	 I trow it be John Dory[-a']
284A.7	 They hoist their sailes, both top and top,
	 The meisseine and all was tride-a,
	 And euery man stood to his lot,
	 What euer should betide-a.
284A.8	 The roring cannons then were plide,
	 And dub-a-dub went the drumme-a;
	 The braying trumpets lowde they cride
	 To courage both all and some-a.
284A.9	 The grappling-hooks were brought at length,
	 The browne bill and the sword-a,
	 John Dory at length, for all his strength,
	 Was clapt fast vnder board-a.

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