John Stafford Smith
(1750 - 1836)

Smith : What shall he have that killed the deer? : illustration

What shall he have that killed the deer?
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Between 1763 and 1794 Thomas Warren published, through differing publishers, an annual collection of catches, canons and glees, under the aegis of the Catch Club. This item was published in the twenty-second collection.
Lyrics: William Shakespeare

What shall he have that killed the deer?
His leathern skin and horns to wear.
The horn, the horn, the lusty horn
Is not a thing to laugh to scorn.
Take you no scorn to wear the horn;
It was a crest ere thou wast born.
Thy father's father bore it,
And thy father wore it.
The horn, the horn, the lusty horn
Is not a thing to laugh to scorn.