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And mickle debts, God knows, I owe,

And every man doth crave his own, . And I am bound to London now;

Of our gracious king to beg a boon.'

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* Show me him, (said Lord Howard then,)

'Let me but once the villain see,
And e'ery penny he hath from thee ta’en,
• I'll double the same with shillings three.'
Now God forbid, (the merchant said,)
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'For little you think what man he is.

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. He is brass within, and steel without,

• His ship most huge, and mighty strong, With eighteen pieces of ordnance,

* He carrieth on each side along :
"With beams for his top-castle,

• As being also huge and high,
« That neither English nor Portugal

· Can Sir Andrew Bartón pass by.'

• Hard news thou show'st, (then said the lord,)

* To welcome strangers to the sea ;
' But, as I said, I'll bring him aboard,

• Or into Scotland he shall carry me.'
The merchant said, If

you

will do so,
* Take counsel then I pray withall,
* Let no man to his top-castle go,

* Nor strive to let his beams down fall.

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Lend me seven pieces of ordnance then,
"On each side of my ship, (quoth he;)

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And to-morrow, my lord, 'twixt six and seven

• Again I will your honour see: ' A glass I'll set, that may

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seen,
• Whether you sail by day or night;
• And to-morrow,

be sure, before seven,
• You shall see Sir Andrew Barton, knight.

The merchant set my lord a glass,

So well apparent in his sight,
That on the morrow, as his promise was,

He saw Sir Andrew Barton, knight.
The lord then swore a mighty oath,

* Now by the heavens that be of might,
By faith, believe me, and by troth,

I think he is a worthy knight.

* Fetch me my lion out of hand,

(Saith the lord,) with rose and streamer high,
Set

up withall a willow wand,
· That merchant-like I may pass by.'
Thus bravely did Lord Howard pass,

And did on anchor rise so high;
No top-sàil at all he cast,

But as a foe he did him defy.

Sir Andrew Barton seeing him

Thus scornfully to pass by,
As though he cared not a pin

For him and all his company ;
Then callid he for his men amain,

* Fetch back yon pedlar now; (quoth he)
And, ere this way he come again,

I'll teach him well his courtesy.'

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A piece of ordnance soon was shot,

By this proud pirate fiercely then,
Into Lord Howard's middle deck,

Which cruel shot kill'd fourteen men;
He call'd then Peter Simon, he,

* Look 'now' thy word do stand in stead,
• For thou shalt be hanged on main-mast,

• If thou miss twelve score one penny breadth.'

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Then Peter Simon gave a shot,

Which did Sir Andrew mickle scare;
In at his deck it came so hot,

Kill'd fifteen of his men of war :
• Alas! (then said the pirate stout,)

• I am in danger now I see;
• This is some lord, I greatly doubt,

"That is set on to conquer me.'

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Then Henry Hunt, with rigour hot,

Came bravely on the other side,
Who likewise shot in at his deck,

And kill'd fifty of his men beside :
Then,Out alas! (Sir Andrew cried,)

• What may a man now think or say?
a Yon merchant-thief that pierceth me,

He was my prisoner yesterday.'

Then did he on Gordion call,

Unto the top-castle for to go,
And bid his beams he should let fall,

For he greatly fear'd an overthrow.
The lord call's Horsely then in haste;

* Look that thy word now stand in stead,

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* For thou shall be hanged on main-màst,

• If thou miss twelve score a shilling breadth.”

Then up the mast-tree swerved he,

This stout and mighty Gordion ; But Horsely he, most happily,

Shot him under his collar-bone. Then call’d he on his nephew then,

Said, “ Sister's sons I have no mo; * Three hundred pound I will give to thee,

• If thou wilt to the top-castle go.'

Then stoutly he began to climb,

From off the mast scorn’d to depart; But Horsely soon prevented him,

And deadly pierc'd him to the heart. His men being slain, then

up

amain Did this proud pirate climb with speed; For armour of proof he had put on,

And did not dint of arrows dread.

• Come hither Horsely, (said the lord,)

• See thou thine arrows aim aright : Great means to thee I will afford,

* And if thou speed, I'll make thee knight' Sir Andrew did climb

up

the tree, With right good-will, and all his main ; Then upon

the breast hit Horsely he, Till the arrow did return again.

Then Horsely 'spied a private place,

With a perfect eye in a secret part; His arrow swiftly flew apace,

And smote Sir Andrew to the heart.

* Fight on, fight on, my merry men all,

• A little I am hurt, yet not slain ;
I'll but lie down and bleed a while,
• And come and fight with you again.

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* And do not, (said he,) fear English rogues,

And of our foes stand not in awe; * But stand fast by St. Andrew's cross, Until you

hear

my whistle blow.-
They never heard his whistle blow,

Which made them all full sore afraid,
Then Horsely said, “My lord, aboard ;

• For now Sir Andrew Barton's dead.'

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Thus boarded they this gallant ship,

With right good will, and all their main;
Eighteen score Scots alive in it,

Besides as many more were slain.
The lord went where Sir Andrew lay,

And quickly then cut off his head:
I should forsake England many a day,
• If thou wert alive as thou art dead.'

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Thus from the wars Lord Howard came,

With mickle joy and triumphing;
The pirate's head he brought along,

For to present unto the king:
Who briefly then to him did say,

Before he knew well what was done,
• Where is the knight and pirate gay?

That I myself may give the doom.'

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