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Showing how he went farther than he intended, and
came safe home again.
JOHN GILPIN was a citizen "To-morrow is our wedding-day,
Of credit and renown, And we will then repair
A train-band captain eke was he, Unto the Bell' at Edmonton,
Of famous London town. All.in a chaise and pair.
John Gilpin's spouse said to her dear, "My sister, and my sister's child,
Though wedded we have been Myself, and children three,
These twice ten tedious years, yet we Will fill the chaise; so you must ride
No holiday have seen." On horseback after we."
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He soon replied, "I do admire (I am a linendraper bold,
Of womankind but one, As all the world doth know,
And you are she, my dearest dear, And my good friend the calender
Therefore it shall be done. Will lend his horse to go."
Quoth Mrs. Gilpin, "That's well said; John Gilpin kissed his loving wife;
And for that wine is dear, O'erjoyed was he to find,
We will be furnished with our own, That though on pleasure she was bent,
Which is both bright and clear." She had a frugal mind.
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The morning came, the chaise was John Gilpin at his horse's side
But yet was not allowed [brought, Seized fast the flowing mane,
To drive up to the door, lest all And up he got, in haste to ride,
Should say that she was proud. But soon came down again.
So three doors off the chaise was stayed, For saddletree scarce reached had he,
Where they did all get in; His journey to begin,
Six precious souls, and all agog When, turning round his head, he saw
To dash through thick and thin. Three customers come in.
Smack went the whip, round went the So down he came; for loss of time,
Were never folks so glad! [wheels, Although it grieved him sore,
The stones did rattle underneath, Yet loss of pence, full well he knew,
As if Cheapside were mad. Would trouble him much more.
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'Twas long before the customers To hold the liquor that she loved,
Were suited to their mind, And keep it safe and sound.
When Betty screaming came downstairs, r
"The wine. is left behind i" Each bottle had a curling ear,
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Through which the belt he drew,
"Good lack!" quoth he, "yet bring And hung a bottle on each side,
My leather belt likewise, [it me, To make his balance true.
In which I bear my trusty sword i
When I do exercise." Then over all, that he might be
When I do exercise."
Equipped from top to toe,
Now Mistress Gilpin (careful soul!) His long red cloak, well brushed and
Had two stone bottles found, He manfully 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 his well-shod feet,
The snorting beast began to trot,
Which galled him in his seat.
"So, fair and softly!" John he cried, What thing upon his back had got,
But John he cried in vain; Did wonder more and more.
That trot became a gallop soon, Away went Gilpin, neck or nought;
In spite of curb and rein. Away went hat and wig;
Away went hat and wig;
So stooping down, as needs he must He little dreamt, when he set out,
Who cannot sit upright, Of running such a rig.
He grasped the mane with both his .
e grasped the mane with oth his The wind did blow, the cloak did fly
And eke with all his might. [hands, Like streamer long and gay,
His horse, who never in that sort Till, loop and button failing both,
Had handled been before, At last it flew away.
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Then might all people well discern Away went Gilpin-who but he ?
The bottles he had slung; His fame soon spread around;
A bottle swinging at each side, "He carries weight! he rides a race !
As hath been said or sung. 'Tis for a thousand pound !"
The dogs did bark, the children screamed, And still as fast as he drew near,
Up flew the windows all; 'T was wonderful to view
And every soul cried out, Well done!" How in a trice the turnpike-men
As loud as he could bawl. Their gates wide open threw.
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And now, as he went bowing down Down ran the wine into the road,
His reeking head full low, Most piteous to be seen,
The bottles twain behind his back Which made the horse's flanks to
Were shattered at a blow. As they had basted been. [smoke,
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But still he seemed to carry weight,
With leather girdle braced;
For all might see the bottle-necks
Still dangling at his waist.
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Thus all through merry Islington
These gambols he did play,
Until he came unto the Wash
Of Edmonton so gay;
And there he threw the wash about
On both sides of the way,
Just like unto a trundling mop,
Or a wild goose at play.
At Edmonton his loving wife "Stop, stop, John Gilpin !-Here's the
From the balcony spied They all at once did cry; [house!"
Her tender husband, wondering much "The dinner waits, and we are tired;"
To see how he did ride. Said Gilpin-" So am I!"
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But yet his horse was not a whit So like an arrow swift he flew,
Inclined to tarry there; Shot by an archer strong;
For why ?-his owner had a house So did he fly-which brings me to
Full ten miles off, at Ware. The middle of my song.
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Away went Gilpin, out of breath, The calender, amazed to see
And sore against his will, His neighbour in such trim,
Till at his friend the calender's, Laid down his pipe, flew to the gate,
His horse at last stood still. And thus accosted him:
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"What news ? what news? your tidings Now Gilpin had a pleasant wit,
Tell me you must and shall- [tell; And loved a timely joke;
Say why bareheaded you are come, And thus unto the calender
Or why you come at all ?" In merry guise he spoke:
" I came because your horse would The calender, right glad to fnd
And, if I well forebode, [come: His friend in merry pin,
My hat and wig will soon be here, Returned him not a single word,
They are upon the road." But to the house went in;
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Whence straight he came with hat and He held them up, and in his turn
A wig that flowed behind, [wig, Thus showed his ready wit,
A hat not much the worse for wear, My head is twice as big as yours,
Each comely in its kind. They therefore needs must fit."
" But let me scrape the dirt away, 'T was for your pleasure you came here,
That hangs upon your face; You shall go back for mine."
And stop and eat, for well you ma Ah! luckless speech, and bootless boast
Be in a hungry case.
Be in a hungry case. For which he paid full dear;
Said John, It is my wedding-day, For while he spake, a braying ass
And all the world would stare Did sing most loud and clear;
If wife should dine at Edmonton, .
If wife shouldne at Edmnton, Whereat his horse did snort, as he
And I should dine at Ware." H .
Had heard a lion roar,
So turning to his horse, he said, And galloped off with all his might,
I am in haste to dine; As he had done before.
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Away went Gilpin, and away
Went Gilpin's hat and wig;
He lost them sooner than at first,
For why ?-they were too big.
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Now Mistress Gilpin, when she saw And thus unto the youth she said
Her husband posting down That drove them to the Bell,"
Into the country far away, This shall be yours when you bring
She pulled out half-a-crown; My husband safe and well." [back
The youth did ride, and soon did meet But not performing what he meant,
John coming back amain; And gladly would have done,
Whom in a trice he tried to stop, The frighted steed he frighted more,
By catching at his rein. And made him 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.
Six gentlemen upon the road,
Thus seeing Gilpin fly,
With postboy scampering in the rear,
They raised the hue and 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 pursuit.
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And now the turnpike-gates again IAnd so he did, and won it too,
Flew open in short space; For he got first to town;
The toll-men thinking, as before, Nor stopped till where he had got up,
That Gilpin rode a race. He did again get down.
Now let us sing, Long live the King,
And Gilpin, long live he;
And when he next doth ride abroad,
May I be there to see.
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