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3 Centuries Of Naval History In Shanties & Sea Songs With Lyrics & Notes

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16           SONGS AND BALLADS
As it fell on a holy-day, and upon an holy-tide-a,
John Dory bought him an ambling nag, to Paris for to ride-a :
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
The first man .that John Dory did meet, was good King John of
France-a;                                 i
John Dory could well of his courtesie, but fell down in a
'A pardon, a pardon, my liege and my king, for my merie men
and for me-a ; And all the churles in merie England, He bring them all bound to
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.
' Run up, my boy, unto 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
They hoist their sailes, both top and top, the meisseine and all
was tride-a; And every man stood to his lot, whatever should betide-a.
The roring cannons then were plide, and dub-a-dub went the
drumme-a; The braying trumpets lowd they cride to courage both all and
The grapling-hooks were brought at length, the browne bill and
the sword-a; John Dory at length, for all his strength, was clapt fast under