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Magdalene College - Pepys
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Saint Georges commendation to all Souldiers: or, S. Georges Alarum to all that professe Martiall discipline, with a memoriall of the Worthies, who have been borne so high on the winges of Fame
for their brave adventures, as they cannot be buried in the pit of oblivion.
To a pleasant new tune.

W Hy doe you boast of Arthur and his Knightes,
Knowing how many men have endured fightes,
Besides King Arthur , and Lancelot du Lake ,
Sir Tristram de Lionel , that fought for Ladyes sake:
Read old Histories, and then thou shalt see,
Saint George , Saint George the Dragon made to flee;
S. George for England, S. Dennis is for France,
Sing Hony soit qui mal y panse.

Marke our father Abraham when first he reschued Lot ,
Onely with his household, what conquest there he got:
David elected a Prophet and a King,
He slew the great Goliah with a stone within a sling:
Yet these were not Knightes of the Table round.
S. George, S. George, the Dragon did confound:
S. George for England, S. Dennis is for France,
Sing Hony soit qui mal y panse .

Jason and Gedion did lead their men to fight,
They conquered the Amorites, and put them all to flight,
Hercules his labours on the plaines of Basse,
And Sampson slew a thousand with the jaw-bone of an Asse:
And then he threw a Temple downe, and did a mighty spoyle,
S. George, saint George the Dragon he did foyle:
S. George for England , saint Dennis is for France, etc.

The Warres of the Monarches, they were too long to tell,
And next of all the Romans , for they did farre excell,
When that Hanyball and Scipio, so many fieldes did fight,
Orlando Furioso was a Worthy Knight:
Remus and Romulus that Rome first did build.
S. George, saint George the Dragon made to yeeld.
S. George for England , saint Dennis, etc.

The noble Alfonso, which was the spanish King,
The order of the Red-scarffes and Ben-rowles he did bring,
He had a troope of mighty Knightes when first he did begin,
that sought adventures far & neere, what conquest they might win
The rankes of the Pagans he often put to flight,
S. George , saint George did with the Dragon fight,
S. George for England, etc.

Many have fought with proud Tamberlaine,
Cutlax the Dane, great Warres he did maintaine.
Rowland of Breame , and good saint Oliver
In the Forrest of Acon, slew both Woolfe and Beare:
Besides that noble Hollander , saint Goward with the Bill.
S. George saint Gorge the Dragons blood did spill,
S. George for England, etc.

Bevis conquer'd Ascupart, and after slew the Boore,
And then he crost beyond the seas, to combat with the Moore,
Sir Isonbras, and Iglesmore, they were Knights bold.
And good sir John Mandevile of travell much hath told:
These were English Knights, that Pagans did convert.
S. George, saint George pluckt out the Dragons heart.
S. Gorge for England, etc.

Valentine and Orson of King Pipins blood,
Alfride and Henry, they were Knights good:
The foure sonnes of Amon , that followed Charlemaine,
Hughan of Burdeax, and Godfrey of Bullaine:
These were foure French Knights, that lived in that age.
S. George, saint George the Dragon did asswage:
S. George for England, etc.

The noble Earle of Warwicke , that called was Sir Guy,
The Infidels and Pagans, much he did defie:
He slew the Giant Brandimore, and after was the death
Of that most gastly Dun-cow, the Divell of Duns-more heath
Besides his noble deedes done beyond the seas.
S. George , saint George the Dragon did appease,
S. George for England, etc.

Richard the first, King of this land,
He gored the Lion with his naked hand:
The Duke of Austria nothing did he feare,
He killed his sonne with a boxe on the eare:
Besides, his famous actes done in the Holy land.
S. George, saint George the Dragon did withstand;
S. George for England, etc.

Henrie the fift, he conquered all France .
And quartered his Armes, his honour to advance:
He raced their Cities, and threw their Castle downe,
And honoured his head with a double double Crowne.
He thumped the French-men , and homeward then he came,
S. George , saint George the Dragon he did tame:
Saint George for England, saint Dennis is for France ,
Sing Hony soit pui mal y panse.

Saint David of Wales, the Welchman much advanc'de,
Saint Jaques of Spaine, that never yet broke Lance:
Saint Patricke of Ireland, which was saint Georges boy,
And seven yeeres he kept his Horse, that then stole him away:
For which filthy fact, as slaves they doe remaine:
Saint George, saint George the Dragon he hath slaine,
Saint George for England , saint Dennis is for France ,
Sing Hony soit qui mal y panse.


FINIS.
Imprinted at London by W.W. 1612.

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