A Cheshire man sailed into Spain,
To trade for merchandise;
When he arrived from the main,
A Spaniard him espies.
Who said "You English rogue, look here!
What fruit and spices fine
Our land produces twice a year!
Thou hast not such in thine."
The Cheshire man ran to his hoard,
And fetched a Cheshire cheese;
And said, "Look here, you dog! behold!
We have such fruits as these.
"Your fruits are ripe but twice a year,
As you yourself do say;
But such as I present you here,
Our land brings twice a day."
The Sapniard in a passion flew,
And his rapier took in hand;
The Cheshire man kick'd up his heels,
Saying "Thou'rt at my command."
So never let the Sapniard boast
While Cheshire men abound;
Lest they should teach him to his cost
To dance a Cheshire round.
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Source: Lucy Broadwood and J A Fuller Maitland.1893, English County Songs, London, Leadenhall Press
Taken from E. Jones "Popular Cheshire Melodies", 1798.
Roud: 1370 (Search Roud index at VWML) Take Six