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SHOWING HOW HE WENT FARTHER THAN HE INTENDED, AND CAME SAFE HOME AGAIN.
John Gilpin was a citizen
Of credit and renown,
Of famous London town.
John Gilpin's spouse said to her dear—
These twice ten tedious years, yet we
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To-morrow is our wedding-day,
And we will then repair Unto the Bell at Edmonton
All in a chaise and pair.
My sister, and my sister's child,
Will fill the chaise; so you must ride
He soon replied—I do admire
Of womankind but one,
Therefore it shall be done.
I am a linen-draper bold,
And my good friend the calender
Quoth Mrs. Gilpin—That's well said;
And, for that wine is dear,
Which is both bright and clear.
John Gilpin kiss'd his loving wife;
O'erjoy'd was he to find
She had a frugal mind.
The morning came, the chaise was brought,
But yet was not allow'd
Should fay that she was proud.
So three doors off the chaise was stay'd,
Where they did all get in; Six precious fouls, and all agog
To dash through thick and thin 5
Smack went the whip, round went the wheels,
Were never folk so glad,
As if Cheapside were mad.
John Gilpin at his horse's side
Seiz'd fast the flowing mane, And up he got, in haste to ride,
But soon come down again;
For saddle-tree scarce reach'd had he,
His journey to begin,
Three customers come in.
So down he came; for loss of time,
Although it griev'd him sore,
Would trouble him much more.
'Twas long before the customers
Were suited to their mind, When Betty screaming came down stairs—«
"The wine is left behind!"
Good lack! quoth he—yet bring it me,
My leathern belt likewise,
When I do exercise.
Now mistress Gilpin (careful foul!)
Had two stone bottles found, To hold the liquor that she lov'd,
And keep it safe and sound.
Each bottle had a curling ear,
Through which the belt he drew, And hung a bottle on each side,
To make his balance true.