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And there he threw the wash about
On both sides of the
Just like unto a trundling mop,
Or a wild goose at play.
At Edmonton his loving wife
From the balcony spied
To see how he did ride.
Stop, stop, John Gilpin!-Here's the house
They all at once did cry;
The dinner waits, and we are tir'd:
Said Gilpin-So am I!
But yet his horse was not a whit
Inclin'd to tarry there;
Full ten miles off, at Ware.
So like an arrow swift he flew,
Shot by an archer strong;
The middle of my song.
Away went Gilpin, out of breath,
And sore against his will,
Till at his friend the calender's
His horse at last stood still.
The calender, amaz'd to see
His neighbour in such trim,
And thus accosted him:
What news? what news? your tidings tell;
Tell me you must and shall-
Or why you come at all.
Now Gilpin had a pleasant wit,
And lov’d a timely joke;
And thus unto the calender
In merry guise he spoke:
I came because
horse would come; And, if I well forebode,
My hat and wig will soon be here
They are upon the road.
The calender, right glad to find
His friend in merry pin, Return'd him not a single word,
But to the house went in;
Whence straight he came with hat and wig;
A wig that flow'd behind,
Each comely in its kind.
He held them up, and, in his turn,
Thus show'd his ready wit-
They therefore needs must fit.
But let me scrape the dirt away
That hangs upon your face;
Be in a hungry case.
Said John-It is my wedding-day,
And all the world would stare
If wife should dine at Edmonton
And I should dine at Ware!
So, turning to his horse, he said
I am in haste to dine; 'Twas for your pleasure you came here,
You shall go back for mine.
Ah, luckless speech, and bootless boast!
For which he paid full dear;
Did sing most loud and clear;
Whereat his horse did snort, as he
Had heard a lion roar,
And gallop'd off with all his might,
As he had done before.
Away went Gilpin, and away
Went Gilpin's hat and wig !
He lost them sooner than at first
For why?-they were too big!
Now, mistress Gilpin, when she saw
Her husband posting down Into the country far away,
She pull'd out half a crown;