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National Library of Scotland - Crawford
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New Ballad of St. George and the Dragon.

WHy should we boast of Arthur and his Knights,
Knowing how many Men have performed Fights;
Or why should we speak of Sir Lancelot du Lake,
Or Sir Tristrum du Leon, that fought for Ladies sake,
Read old Stories and there you shall see,
How St. George, St. George, he made the Dragon flee;
St. George he was for England, St. Denis was for France,
Sing, Hony soit qui maly pence.

To speak of Monarchs it were too long to tell,
And likewise of the Romans how far they did excel:
Hanibal and Scipio in many a field did fight;
Orlando Furioso he was a valiant Knight;
Romulus and Rhemus were those that Rome did build,
But St. George, St George the Dragon he hath kill'd:
St. George he was for England, etc.

Jeptha and Gideon they led their Men to fight,
The Gibbonites and Ammonites they put them all to flight;

Hercules his Labour was in the Vale of Bass;
And Sampson slew a thousand with the Jaw-bone of an Ass;
And when that he was blind, pull'd the Temple to the ground;
But St. George, St. George the Dragon did confound:
St. George he was for England, etc.

Valentine and Orson they came of Pepin's Blood,
Alfred and Aldricus they were brave Knights and good;
The four Sons of Ammon that fought with Charlemain,
Sir Hugh de Burdeaux and Godfry de Bullaign,
These were all French Knights, the Pagans did convert,
But St. George, St. George he pull'd out the Dragon's heart:
St. George he was for England, etc.

Henry the Fifth, he conquered all France,
He quartered their Arms, his Honour to advance,
He rac'd their Walls, and pull'd their Cities down,
And he garnished his Head with a double tripple Crown,
He thumped the French, and after home he came;

But St. George, St. George he made the Dragon tame:
St. George he was for England, etc.
Sing, Honi soit qui maly pence.

St. David you know loves Leeks and toasted Cheese,
And Jafan was the Man brought home the Golden Fleece,
And Patrick you know he was St. George's Boy,
Seven Years he kept his Horse, and then stole him away,
For which Knavish Act, a Slave he doth remain;
But St. George, St. George the Dragon he hath slain:
St. George he was for England, etc.

Tamberlin the Emperor in Iron-cage did Crown,
With his bloody Flags display'd before the Town;
Scanderbig Magnanimous Mahomet's Bashaw did dread,
Whose victorious Bones were worn when he was dead,
His Beglerbegs his corn-like-dreds, George Castriot was he call'd;
But St. George, St. George the Dragon he hath mauld:
St. George he was for England, etc.

Ottamon the Tartar he came of Persia's Race,
The great Mogul with his Chest so full of all his Cloves and Mace,
The Grecian Youth Bucefalus he manfully did bestride,
But these with their Worthies nine, St. George did them deride;
Gustaphus Adolphus was Swedland's Warlike King;
But St. George, St. George he pull'd forth the Dragon's sting:
St. George he was for England, etc.

Poldragon and Cadwallader of British Blood do boast,
Tho' John of Gaunt his Foes did daunt, St. George shall rule the roast;
Agamemnon and Clemedon and Macedon did Feats,
But compared to our Champion, they are but meerly Cheats;
Brave Malta Knights. in Turkish Fights, their brandish'd Swords out drew;
But St. George, St. George met the Dragon, and run him thro' and thro';
St. George he was for England, etc.

Bidia the Amazon, Poetus overthrew,
As fierce as either Vandal, Goth, Sarazen or Jew;
The Potent Holophernus as he lay in his bed,
In came Wise Judith and subtilly stole his Head.
Brave Cyclops stout, with Jove he fought, altho' he shour'd down Thunder;
But St. George kill'd the Dragon, and was not that a Wonder?
St. George he was for England, etc.

Mark Anthony I'll warrant you plaid Feats with Egypt's Queen;
Sir Eglamore that valiant Knight, the like was never seen;
Grim Gorgon's Might was known in fight; old Bevis most Men frighted,
The Mermidons & Prester Johns, why were not these Men knighted?
Brave Spinoa took in Breda, NASSAW did it Recover:
But St. George, St. George turn'd the Dragon over and over:
St. George he was for England, St. Dennis was for France,
Sing, Honi soit qui maly pence.


London: Printed by and for W.O. and sold by J. Blare, on London-bridge.

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