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A MAN!---I'LL SWEAR, A MAN!

William Tell, Act III. SCENE IV

THE RIGHT AND MARVELLOUS HISTORY

OF JOHN SMITH.

"A man!"---I'll swear, a man!"

William Tel.

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JOHN SMITH he was a guardsman bold,

A stouter never fought;
He would have been a grenadier,

But he was one foot short.

But to a man of John Smith's mind

The love of power had charms;
So, when his captain ordered him,

John Smith order'd his arms.

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AISTORY OF JOHN SMITB,

An active, bustling blade was he,

At drill and eke at mess,

Who never thought to stand at ease

When Captains called out “ dress."

Attentive always to the words

It never was his wont

To turn his eyes or right or left,

When Captains cried “ eyes front !"

Though he was ever thought correct,

Once, during an assault,
He ne'er advanced a single foot-

'Cause he was told to balt.

But still he was not coward called,

Why-we can soon detect;
His foes all fell dead at his feet-

When his shots took effect.

But tired of knapsack and of gun,

And firing in platoons,
The infantry he quitted when-

He entered the dragoons.

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AT A STAND STILL.

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