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I am a linendraper bold,

As all the world doth know, And my good friend the calender

Will lend his horse to go.

Quoth Mrs. Gilpin, That's well said ;

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'erjoyed 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, lest all

Should say that she was proud.

So three doors off the chaise was stay’d,

Where they did all get in ; Six precious souls, and all agog

To dash through thick and thin.

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 saddletree scarce reach'd had he,

His journey to begin,
When, turning round his 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 wine 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.

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The scorze beast begza to troc.
Which gand him in his seat.

So. fair and softly, John he cried,

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

In spite of curb and rein.

So stooping down, as needs he must

Who cannot sit upright, He grasp'd the mane with both his hands,

And eke with all his might.

His horse, who never in that sort

Had handled been before, What thing upon his back had got

Did wonder more and more.

Away went Gilpin, neck or nought;

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 ;
A bottle swinging at each side,

As hath been said or sung.

The dogs did bark, the children scream'd,

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

As loud as he could bawl.

Away went Gilpin-who but he ?

His fame soon spread around,
He carries weight! he rides a race !

'Tis for a thousand pound ! VOL. VII.

Your scruples and arguments bring to my mind
A story so pat, you may think it is coin'd,
On purpose to answer you, out of my mint;
But I can assure you I saw it in print.

A youngster at school, more sedate than the rest,
Had once his integrity put to the test;
His comrades had plotted an orchard to rob,
And ask'd him to go and assist in the job.

He was shock’d, sir, like you, and answer'd, “ Oh no! What! rob our good neighbour ! I pray you

don't go; Besides, the man's poor, his orchard's his bread, Then think of his children, for they must be fed.'

“ You speak very fine, and you look very grave,
But apples we want, and apples we'll have ;
If you will go with us, you shall have a share,
If not, you shall have neither apple nor pear.”

They spoke, and Tom ponder'd—“ I see they will

go;
Poor man ! what a pity to injure him so!
Poor man! I would save him his fruit if I could,
But staying behind will do him no good.

“ If the matter depended alone upon me, [tree; His apples might hang till they dropp'd from the But, since they will take them, I think I'll go too, He will lose none by me, though I get a few.”

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