The Rape of Chanticleer

The silly widow and her daughters two,
Herden these hens' cry and maken woe,
And out at the doors starten they anon,
And saw the fox toward the wood is gone,
And bare upon his back the cock away:
They crieden out, " Harow and wa la wa!
A ha the fox!" and after him they ran,
And eke with staves many another man;
Ran Colle our dog, and Talbot, and Gerland,
And Malkin with her distaff in her hand;
Ran cow and calf, and eke the very hogs,
So feared were for barking of the dogs.
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