Martin, my son, well, he can do just about anythin’, except when it comes to woo-in’. He wants his old mother to do it fer him.

So I go to the king and I march right up them steps, and ain’t nobody ken stop me.

I stand before the king with my hands on my hips, and I say, plump an’ plain, that my son has come a-wooin’ and wants his daughter fer his wife.

Martin’s Wooing Mother in The Magic Ring, Yellow Fairy Book. Painting by Michael Sweerts.

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