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THE DIVERTING HISTORY OF

JOHN GILPIN: S/?ow!;ig

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JOHN Of

A

GILPIN credit

was

And we

and renown,

Unto

train-band captain eke was he,

Of famous London [ohn Gilpin's spouse

"

Mv

" Though wedded we have been

No

hoHday have

years, yet

seen.

the

'

is

will

Bell

'

our wedding-day.

then repair

Edmonton,

at

All in a chaise and pair.

town.

said to her dear,

These twice ten tedious

^i

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" To-morrow

a citizen

IlESERVE

we Will

sister,

and

my

sister's child,

Myself, and children three. hll the chaise

On

horseback

;

so

after

you must ride we."


Tkt

He

l.inen.cLTa.h.er

soon replied, "

Of womankind

And you

are she,

Therefore

it

u-oloL

do admire

I

but one,

my shall

dearest dear,

be done.

"

I

am As

a linendraper bold, all

the world doth know,

And my good

friend the calender

Will lend his horse to go."


PROPERTY

cm

OP OP NETv

HHE

YOM

e y.

H567385 Quoth Mrs.

And

We

will

Gilpin, "That's well said;

for that

wine

is

dear,

be furnished with our own,

Which

is

both bright and clear."

John Gilpin kissed

his loving wifej

O'erjoyed was he to find,

That though on pleasure she was bent. She had a

fi-ugal

mind.


The morning came,

the chaise was

But yet was not allowed

To

John Gilpin

[brought,

drive up to the door, lest

Seized

And up

all

Where

they did

Six precious souls,

To

all

and

get in all

the flowing mane,

he got, in

liaste to ride. ;

For saddletree scarce reached had he^ His journev to begin,

;

agog

fast

But soon came down again

Should say that she was proud. So three doors off the chaise was staved.

at his horse's side

•

When,

turning round his head, he saw

Three customers come

dash through thick and thin.

in.

So down he came for loss of time. Smack went the whip, round went the Although it grieved him sore, [wheels, Were never folks so glad ;

!

The

stones did rattle underneath.

As

if

Cheapside were mad.

Co^fom e/-s

Yet

loss ot

pence,

Would

trouble

full

well he knew.

him much more.


To

'Twas lone before the customers

Were

And

suited to their mind,

When Betty screaming came downstairs, "The wine is left behind!" "Good

My

lack!" quoth he, "yet bring

When

bear

I I

do

my

trusty

it

[me,

leathern belt likewise,

In which

hold the liquor that she loved,

sword

Each

keep

bottle

it

safe

and sound.

had a curling

Through which

the belt he drew,

And hung a bottle on each side, To make his balance true. Then

over

all,

that he mio-ht be

exercise."

Equipped from top

Now

Mistress Gilpin (careful soul

Had two

ear,

stone bottles found.

!)

to toe.

His long red cloak, well brushed and

He manluUy

did throw.

[neat,


Now

see

him mounted once again

Upon

his

nimble steed,

Full slowly pacing o'er the stones,

With caution and good heed.

But finding; soon a smoother road Beneath

The

his

well-shod

feet,

snorting beast began to trot,

Which

galled

him

in his seat.


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"So,

fair

and softly!" John he

But John he cried

That

trot

became

cried,

in vain

What

thing upon

liis

back had got,

Did wonder more and more.

;

a gallop soon.

In spite of curb and rein.

Away went Gilpin, neck or nought*, Away went hat and wig He little dreamt, when he set out, ;

So stooping down,

Who He

cannot

grasped the

And

as

sit

needs he must

mane with both

eke with

Of running such

upright,

all his

his

The wind

a rig.

did blow, the cloak did

might, [hands.

Like streamer long and gay. His horse,

who

never in that sort

Had handled been

Till, loop

At

before. lO

and button

last it

failing both.

flew away.

fly


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Then might The

A

!

c

Away went

people well discern

all

"

bottle swinging at each side,

As hath been

The dogs

Up And

said or sung.

windows

every soul cried out,

As loud

as

all

And

?

carries

weight

still

!

;

he rides a race

thousand pound!"

as fast as

he drew near,

'Twas wonderful to view

,

"Well done !"i

he could bawl.

He

'Tis for a

did bark, the children screamed,

flew the

—who but he

His fame soon spread around

he had slung

bottles

Gilpin

How

I

u

in a trice the

turnpike-men

Their gates wide open threw.


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And now,

as

His reeking head

The

full

back

ran the wine into the road.

Most piteous

low,

bottles twain behind his

Were

down Down

he went bowing

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Which made

the

As they had

shattered at a blow.

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to be seen.

horse's

flanks

basted been,

to

[smoke,


But

he seemed to carry weight.

stiil

With For

all

leathern girdle braced

;

mio:ht see the bottle-necks

Still

dangling

at his waist.

15


1 hus

tlirouiih

all

merry Islinoton

These gambols he did Until he

Ol

came unto

Edmonton

xb

the

plav,

Wash

so gay

;


And

tliere

On Just

he threw the wash about

both sides of the way,

Hke unto

Or

a

trundHng mop,

a wild goose at play.

17


At Edmonton

From

his loving wife

1

the balcony spied

"'Stop, stop,

They

'

John Gilpin!

all at

Her tender husband, wondering much "The dinner

To

see

how he

Said

did ride.

For

why

?

his

Full ten miles off, at

a

waits,

fhouse

P'

and we are tired;"

Gilpin — "So am

I

!"

Shot by an archer strong

;

owner had

once did cry;

the

So like an arrow swift he flew.

But yet his horse was not a whit Inclined to tarry there

— Here's

So did he

house

fly

— which brings me

The middle

Ware. i8

;

of

my

song.

to


;

Away went

And

The

Gilpin, out of breath,

Laid

Till at his friend the calender's at last stood

" What news

?

?

your tidings

20

his pipe, flew to the gate,

him

:

Gilpin had a pleasant wit,

And And

to see

in sucli trim,

thus accosted

Now

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[tell me you must and shall Say why bareheaded you are come. Or why you come at all?"

Tell

down

And

still.

what news

amazed

His neighbour

sore against his will.

His horse

calender,

loved a timely joke

;

thus unto the calender

In merry guise he spoke

:


"

I

And.

My

if

whence

A

well forebode,

I

[come

are

Returned him not

upon the road."

straight he

wig

hat not

much

Each comely

He

its

word.

"

My

head

They

kind.

21

:

held them up, and in his turn

Thus showed

[wig,

the worse for wear. in

a sing^le

But to the house went in

came with hat and

that flowed behind,

calender, right glad to find

His friend in merry pin.

:

hat and wig will soon be here,

They

A

The

came because your horse would

is

his ready wit

:

twice as big as yours,

therefore needs

must

" fit.


;

*'But

let

me

That hangs upon your

And

face

stop and cat, for well vou

Be

'Twas

scrape the dirt away,

/

may

hungry ^

And If wife

all

It is

case."

And

I

So turning to "

I

am

his horse,

at

Whereat

Ware."

Had

And

he said

in haste to dine

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i

i

a

j

braying

Did sing most loud and

Edmonton,

should dine

i

â&#x20AC;˘

For while he spake,

wedding-day,

at

mine."

n dear; rov which he paid rmil ,,

i

the world would stare

should dine

lor

.

'

mv

eo back

shall

i^1lll jiiu All luckless speech, and bootless boast I

Said John, "

vour pleasure vou came here,

!

^^

in a

You

;

'

tor

liis

22

clear

horse did snort, as he

heard a lion roar.

galloped ofT with

As he had done

;

ass

all

his

before.

might,

i J


;

;

Away went Gilpin, and away Went Gilpin's hat and wig

He

Now

lost

them sooner than

For

why

?

at first.

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they were

And

when she saw Her husband posting down Mistress Gilpin,

too big.

thus unto the youth she said

That drove them

"This

Into the country far away,

shall

My

She pulled out half-a-crown 24

be yours

husband

safe

to the "Bell,"

when you bring and well." [back


The youth

did ride, and soon did meet

But not performing what he meant,

And

John coming back amain;

Whom m

The

a trice he tried to stop,

By catching

gladly would ha\'e done,

frighted steed he frighted more.

And made him

at his rein.

25

faster run.


Away went Gilpin, and away Went postboy at his heels, The postboy's horse right glad to miss The lumbering of the wheels.

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Six

gentlemen upon the road,

Thus seeing Gilpin fiv, With postboy scampering in

Thev

raised the

â&#x20AC;˘it

hue and

the rear, cry.


"Stop

thief!

stop thief!

a

highwayman !"

Not one of them was mute

And

all

;

and each that passed that way

Did join

in the pursuits

27


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And now

the turnpike-gates again

Flew open

The

I

And

For he got

in short space

toll-man thinking, as before,

That Gilpin rode

so he did,

Nor stopped

He

a race.

30

till

and won first to

it

too.

town

where he had got up,

did again get down.


Now

let us sing,

And

Long

live

the King.

Gilpin, long live he;

And when May I

he next doth ridt abroad. be there to see.


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