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For with a race like theirs no chance I see
Of peace or ease to creatures c!ad as we.
Meantime, noise kills not. Be it Dapple's bray,
Or be it not, or be it whose it may, .
And ruh those other sounds, that seem by tongues
Of dæmons utter'd, from whatever lungs,
Sounds are but sounds, and till the cause appear,
We have at least commodious standing here;
Come, fiend, come, fury, giant, monster, blast
From earth or hell, we can but plunge at last.

While thus she spake, I fainter heard the peals,
For reynard, close attended at his heels,
By panting dog, tir’d man, and spatter'd horse,
Through mere good fortune, took a diff'rent course.
The fock grew calm again, and I, the road
Following that led me to my own abode,
Much wonder'd that the filly sheep had found
Such cause of terror in an empty sound,
So sweet to huntsman, gentleman, and hound.

MOR AL.

Beware of desp’rate steps. The darkest day (Live till to-morrow) will have pass’d away.

THE

THE

DIVERTING HISTORY

OF

JOHN GIL PIN;

SHOWING HOW HE WENT FARTHER THAN HE

INTENDED, AND CAME SAFE HOME AGAIN.

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John Gilpin's spouse said to her dear

Though wedded we have been These twice ten tedious years, yet we No holiday have seen..

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My sister, and my fister's child,

Myself, and children three, Will fill the chaise ; fo you must ride

On horseback after we,

He foon replied—I do admire

Of womankind but one,
And you are she, my deareft dear,

Therefore it shall be done.

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Quoth Mrs. Gilpin-That's well faid;

And, for that wine is dear, - We will be furnish'd with our own,

Which is both bright and clear.

John Gilpin kiss’d his loving wife ;

O’erjoy'd was he to find
That, though on pleasure she was bent,

She had a frugal mind.

The morning came, the chaise was brought,

But yet was not allow'd
To drive up to the door, left all

Should say that she was proud.

So three doors off the chaife was stay'd,

Where they did all get in;
Six precious fouls, and all agog
To dash through thick and thin!

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