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A PRESENT FROM THE GENTLEMEN
(Rudyard Kipling)

If you wake at midnight and hear a horse's feet,
Don't go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street.
Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie,
Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by.

Cho:Five and twenty ponies
Trotting through the dark,
Brandy for the Parson,
'Baccy for the Clerk.
Laces for a lady,
Letters for a spy,
And watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by.

Running round the woodlands if you chance to find
Little barrels, roped and tarred, all full of brandy-wine,
Don't you shout to come and look, nor use 'em for your play,.
Put the brushwood back again -- and they'll be gone next day!

If you see a stable-door setting open wide;
If you see a tired horse lying down inside;
If your mother mends a coat cut about and tore;
If the lining's wet and warm -- don't you ask no more!

Chorus.

If you meet King George's men, dressed in blue and red,
You be careful what you say, and mindful what is said.
If they call you "pretty maid", and chuck you 'neath the chin,
Don't you tell where no one is, nor yet where no one's been.

Knocks and footsteps 'round the house -- whistles after dark.
You've no call for running out till the housedogs bark.
Trusty's here and Pincher's here and see how dumb they lie --
They don't fret to follow when the Gentlemen go by.

Chorus.

If you do as you've been told, 'likely there's a chance
You'll be give a dainty doll, all the way from France,
With a cap of Valenciennes, and a velvet hood ---
A present from the Gentlemen, Along o' being good!

Five and twenty ponies
trotting through the dark,
Brandy for the Parson,
'Baccy for the Clerk.
Them that asks no questions isn't told a lie,
Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by.

Original title: Smuggler's Song
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A Present from the Gentlemen [Rudyard Kipling/Bellamy] (It is correctly called A Smuggler's Song, and appeared in Puck of Pook's Hill. Midi made from notation of Bellamy's music as given in The Song and the Story (Isla St Clair and David Turnbull, 1981).)
A Smuggler's Song [Kipling/Bellamy] (Midi made from notation of Bellamy's music as given in The Song and the Story (Isla St Clair and David Turnbull, 1981).)




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