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Sir Eglamore Sir Eglamore, that valiant knight Fa la, lanky down dilly He took up his sword and he went to fight Fa la, lanky down dilly And as he rode o'er Hill and Dale All Armed with a coat of Male Fa la, la, la, la, la, lanky down dilly There leap'd a Dragon outof her Den That had slain God knows how many men But when she saw Sir Eglamore Oh that you had but heard her roar! Then the trees began to shake, Horses did tremble, Man did quake, The birds betook them all to peeping Oh! t'would have made one fall a-weeping. But all in vain it was to fear For now they fall to't, fight Dog, fight Bear And to't they go and soundly fight A live-long day from Morn to Night. This Dragon had on a plaguey Hide That cou'd the sharpest steel abide No Sword cou'd enter her with cuts Which vex'd the Knight unto the Guts. But as in Choler he did burn, He watch'd the Dragon a great good turn For as a Yawning she did fall He thrust his Sword up Hilt and all. Then like a Coward she did fly Unto her den which was haerd by; And there she lay all night and roar's The Knight was sorry for his Sword. But riding away, he cries," I forsake it, He that will fetch it, let him take it." Child #18 From D'Urfey III, 1719-1720 RG
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