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And thus unto the youth she said
That drove them to the Bell
This shall be yours when you bring back
My husband safe and well.
The youth did ride, and soon did meet
John coming back amain;
Whom in a trice he tried to stop,
By catching at his rein;
But, not performing what he meant,
And gladly would have done,
And made him faster run.
Away went Gilpin, and away
Went post-boy at his heels!
The lumb'ring of the wheels.
Six gentlemen upon the road,
Thus seeing Gilpin fly,
Stop thief! stop thief !-a highwayman!
Not one of them was mute;
And all and each that pass'd that way
Did join in the pursuit.
And now the turnpike gates again
Flew open in short space;
That Gilpin rode a race.
And so he did-and won it too!
For he got first to town;
He did again get down.
Now let us sing-Long live the king,
And Gilpin long live he;
May I be there to see!
Verses addressed to a Country Clergyman complaining of the disagreeableness of the day annually appointed for
receiving the Dues at the Parsonage.
Come, ponder well, for 'tis no jest,
To laugh it would be wrong;
The burden of my song.
This priest he merry is and blithe
Three quarters of the year,
When tithing time draws near.
He then is full of fright and fears,
As one at point to die,
He heaves up many a sigh.
For then the farmers come jog, jog,
Along the miry road,
To make their payments good.
In sooth, the sorrow of such days
Is not to be express’d, When he that takes and he that pays
Are both alike distress'd.
Now all, unwelcome, at his gates
The clumsy swains alight,
He trembles at the sight.
And well he may, for well he knows
Each bumpkin of the clan, Instead of paying what he owes,
Will cheat him if he can.
So in they come-each makes his leg,
And Alings his head before, And looks as if he came to beg,
And not to quit a score.
• And how does miss and madam do,
The little boy and all?' • All tight and well: and how do you,
Good Mr. What-d'ye-call?'
The dinner comes, and down they sit:
Were e'er such hungry folk? There's little talking, and no wit;
It is no time to joke.