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THE

DIVERTING HISTORY

OF

JOHN GILPIN;

SHOWING HOW HE WENT FAETHER THAN HB

INTENDED, AND CAME SAFE HOME AGAIN,

JOHN Gilrin was a citizen

Of credit and renown,
in train-band captain eke was bei

Of famous London town.

John Gilpin's spouse said to her dear,

Though wedded we have been
These twice ten tedious years, yet we

No holiday have seen.

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, .

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

Op horseback after we.

He soon replied, I do admirer

Of womankind but one, mi se And you are she, my dearest dear.,

Therefore it shall be done. 131

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Smack went the whip, round went the wheels,

Were never folk so glad,
The stones did rattle underneath

As if Cheapside were mad.

John Gilpin at his horse's side

Seized fast the flowing mane, And up he got, in haste to ride,

But soon came down again;

For saddle-tree scarce reached had he,

His journey to begin,
When, turning round bis head, he saw

Three customers come in.

So down he came; for loss of time,

Although it grieved him sore, Yet loss of pence full well he knew, . Would trouble him much more.

'Twas long before the customers .: Were suited to their mind, When Betty screaming came down stairs,

“The wing is left behind!"

Good lack! quoth he-yet bring it me,
• My leathern belt likewise, .
In which I bear my trusty sword ,

When I do exercise.

Now mistress Gilpin (careful soul!)

Had two stone bottles found,
To hold the liquor that she loved,

And keep it safe and sound.,

Each bottle had a curling car,

Through which the belt he drew, And hung a bottle on each side, • To make his balance true.

Then over all, that he might be

Equipped from top to toe, His long red cloak, well brushed and neat,

He manfully did throw.

Now, see him mounted once again

Upon his nimble steed, i Full slowly pacing o'er the stones,

With caution and good heed.

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But finding soon a smoother road

Beneath his well-shod feet, The snorting beast began to trot,

Which galled him in his seat. ;

So, Fair and softly, John he cried,

But John he cried in vain; . That trot became a gallop soon,

In spite of curb and rein.

So stooping down, as needs he must .

Who cannot sit upright, He grasped the mape with both his hands,

And eke with all his might

His horse, who never in that sort

Had bandled been before,
What thing upon his back had got.

Did wonder more and more..

Away went Gilpin, neck or nougbt;

Away went hat and wig; .
He little dreamt when he set out, :::

Of running such a rig. . .

The wind did blow, the cloak did Ay,

Like streamer long and gay, Till, loop and button failing both,

At last it flew away.

Then might all people well discern

The bottles he had slung; in A bottle swinging at each side

As hath been said or sung.

The dogs did bark, the children screamed,

Up flew the windows all;
And every soul cried out, Well done!. -

As loud as he could baw).

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