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John Barleycorn: A Ballad - Poem by Robert Burns
There was three kings unto the east,
Three kings both great and high,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn should die.
They took a plough and plough'd him down,
Put clods upon his head,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn was dead.
But the cheerful Spring came kindly on,
And show'rs began to fall;
John Barleycorn got up again,
And sore surpris'd them all.
The sultry suns of Summer came,
And he grew thick and strong;
His head weel arm'd wi' pointed spears,
That no one should him wrong.
The sober Autumn enter'd mild,
When he grew wan and pale;
His bending joints and drooping head
Show'd he bagan to fail.
His colour sicken'd more and more,
He faded into age;
And then his enemies began
To show their deadly rage.
They've taen a weapon, long and sharp,
And cut him by the knee;
Then tied him fast upon a cart,
Like a rogue for forgerie.
They laid him down upon his back,
And cudgell'd him full sore;
They hung him up before the storm,
And turn'd him o'er and o'er.
They filled up a darksome pit
With water to the brim;
They heaved in John Barleycorn,
There let him sink or swim.
They laid him out upon the floor,
To work him further woe;
And still, as signs of life appear'd,
They toss'd him to and fro.
They wasted, o'er a scorching flame,
The marrow of his bones;
But a miller us'd him worst of all,
For he crush'd him between two stones.
And they hae taen his very heart's blood,
And drank it round and round;
And still the more and more they drank,
Their joy did more abound.
John Barleycorn was a hero bold,
Of noble enterprise;
For if you do but taste his blood,
'Twill make your courage rise.
'Twill make a man forget his woe;
'Twill heighten all his joy;
'Twill make the widow's heart to sing,
Tho' the tear were in her eye.
Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
Each man a glass in hand;
And may his great posterity
Ne'er fail in old Scotland!
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Poems About Ballad
- 1. John Barleycorn: A Ballad , Robert Burns
- 2. The Ballad Of Moll Magee , William Butler Yeats
- 3. The Ballad Of Father O'Hart , William Butler Yeats
- 4. The Ballad Of Reading Gaol , Oscar Wilde
- 5. Sweet William's Farewell To Black-Ey'D S.. , John Gay
- 6. The Ballad Of The Drover , Henry Lawson
- 7. To -- -- --. Ulalume: A Ballad , Edgar Allan Poe
- 8. Bridal Ballad , Edgar Allan Poe
- 9. A Boston Ballad, 1854 , Walt Whitman
- 10. A Ballad Of Burdens , Algernon Charles Swinburne
- 11. A Ballad Of Gentleness , Geoffrey Chaucer
- 12. A Ballad Sent To King Richard , Geoffrey Chaucer
- 13. A Ballad Of Burial , Rudyard Kipling
- 14. The Ballad Of Boh Da Thone , Rudyard Kipling
- 15. The Ballad Of East And West , Rudyard Kipling
- 16. The Ballad Of Fisher's Boarding-House , Rudyard Kipling
- 17. The Ballad Of Bolivar , Rudyard Kipling
- 18. The Ballad Of The "Clampherdown" , Rudyard Kipling
- 19. A Ballad Of The Trees And The Master , Sidney Lanier
- 20. Ballad , Anne Woods
- 21. Ballad Of Dolores , Dolores Fifi Miguel Beard
- 22. The Ballad Of The Red Rose , LaVey Adams Alexander
- 23. (ballad Of The Red Rose Cont.) , LaVey Adams Alexander
- 24. The Ballad Of Rosie , Riba Akabusi
- 25. The Lover: A Ballad , Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
- 26. A Ballad , Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
- 27. Ballad, On A Late Occurrence , Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
- 28. The Ballad Of The Cars , Rudyard Kipling
- 29. The Ballad Of The Clampherdown , Rudyard Kipling
- 30. Ballad Of Fisher's Boarding-House , Rudyard Kipling
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