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SHOWING HOW HE WENT FAETHER THAN HB
INTENDED, AND CAME SAFE HOME AGAIN,
JOHN Gilrin was a citizen
Of credit and renown,
Of famous London town.
John Gilpin's spouse said to her dear,
Though wedded we have been
No holiday have seen.
To-morrow is our wedding day,
And we will then repair
All in a chaise and pair. .
My sister, and my sister's child, .
Myself and children three,
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
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
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,
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,
When I do exercise.
Now mistress Gilpin (careful soul!)
Had two stone bottles found,
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.
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,
Did wonder more and more..
Away went Gilpin, neck or nougbt;
Away went hat and wig; .
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;
As loud as he could baw).