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And dind untax'd, untroubled, under
Oh! trifling head, and fickle heart!
THE DIVERTING HISTORY OF JOHN GILPIN;
SHOWING HOW HE WENT FURTHER THAN HEIN
TENDED, 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,
'Though wedded we have been These twice ten tedious years, yet we
No holiday have seen.
• Tomorrow 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,
On horseback after we.'
He soon replied, 'I do admire
Of womankind but one,
Therefore it shall be done.
I am a linen-draper 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,
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 say that she was proud,
So three doors off the chaise was stay'd,
, 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,
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 came down again;
For saddletree scarce reach'd had be,
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,
• The wine is left behind !
. Good lack!' quoth heyet bring it nie
My leathern belt likewise,
When I do exercise."
Now mistress Gilpin (careful soul!).
Had two stone bottles found, To hold the liquor that she lov'd,
Avd keep it safe and sound.
Each bottle bad a cuning ear,
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
Equipp'd from top to toe, His long red cloak, well brush'd and neat,
He manfully did throw.
Now see him mounted once again
Upon his nimble steed,
With caution and good heed.
But finding soon a smoother road
Beneath his well-shod feet,
Which gall’d 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 grasp'd the mane with both his hands,
And eke with all bis might.
His herse, who never in that sort
Had handled been before,
Did wonder more and more.
Away went Gilpin, neck or nought;
Away went hat and wig;
Of running such a rig.
The wind did blow, the cloak did fly,
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;
As hath been said or sung.
The dogs did bark, the children screanı'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 !'
And still, as fast as he drew near,
'Twas wonderful to view, How in a trice the turnpike men
Their gates wide open threw.