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THE ARTISTIC LITHOGRAPHIC CO'.PAN'
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B- ras:Io- Ha.*.:o: or S,, :
~~ii l '.',.t ,.'; ;s :ca..' ',/ s;-ie i 'rn; si..'de;
- pleasanter spot .I') never spied;
But, when begins my ditty,
Almost five hundred years ago,
To see the townsfolk suffer so
From vermin, was a pity.
They fought the dogs and killed the cats,
And bit the babies in the cradles,
And ate the cheeses out of the vats,
And licked the soup from the cooks' own ladles,
Split open the kegs of salted sprats,
MIade nests inside men's Sunday hats,
And. even spoiled the women's chats
By drowning their speaking
*With ? '.' and squeaking
In fifty E'.!r n' sharps and fats.
-t last the people ,
To the Town .H,,.'- A. .
"'Tis clear", cried '.
And as for our C.!1,
To think we buy go M'i.',
lined w2o ,.'.'
For dolts that ca, r
won ,' :C
What's best to rid is ,
You hope, because you rc'e
old and ntb&se.
To find in the furry ,".:'
Rouse up, sirs! YiNi:.'' .,r "
brains a b'ain'g,
To find the remed'.t z"'re
Or, sure as fate. :.'"' s3,', .: I,, .
..At la,ta --
At this the ,,,i ., .,a,. 71:-7. L
Q''ed .with a g, c : :.' the people in a bo .
To the Town Hall came flocking."
"An hour they sat in council."
"He advanced to the council-table."
.' hour '-i sat in l.\ucIil.
At ..;- the .J/,i',r
broke sit,', :
* a. :;'. I'd my ermine
I wish I were a mile hence!
Its easy to bid one rack one's brain -
I'm sure my poor head aches again,
I've scratched it so, and -..'' in vain.
Oh for a trap, a trap, a trap!"
3ust as he n ,'./ r'.';, what should hap
At the chamber door but a gentle tap
"Bless us", cried the i, oe', 'whaJt's that?"
f i.'/ the Corporation as he sat,
[,,, .'I. little ,''**,,,-' wondrous fat;
Nor brighter was his eye, nor moister
..'," i.'; / at noon his paunch '.,ri
,,.u' a plate of .'*.,r. .g, n *.nd glutinous)
"'.',/ a .:*t- P .. ,-- hoes on the mat?
/it :;-: likBe the sound of a rat
Mt..- ,,:i go ,. a =pat/"
"Come in!" the Mayor cried, looking bigger:
And in did come the strangest figure!
His queer long coat from keel to head
Was half of yellow and half of red,
And he himself was tall and tin,
With sharp blue eyes, each like a pin,
And light loose hair, yet swai ilj skin,
No tuft on cheek nor beard on chin,
But lips where smiles went out and in;
There was no guessing his kith and kin:.'
And nobody could enough admire
The tall man and his quaint attire.
Quoth one: "It's as my great-grandsire,
Starting up at the Trump of Doom's tone,
Had walked this way from his painted tombstone/"
DIe advanced to the council-table:
And, "Please your honours", said he. "I'm able.
By means of a secret charm, to draw
All creatures living beneath the sun. N
That creep or swim or fly or run.
After me so as you never saw! '.:
And I chiq:!lt use my charm
On creatures that do
1/t,,-/tt hs arm,
The mole and toad and-
newt and viper;
And fI','/L' oh/' me the
.Pied r; '.y
(And here they noticed round his neck
A scarf of red and yellow stripe,
To match with his coat of the self-same cheque;
And at the scarf's end hung a pipe;
And his fingers, they noticed, were ever straying
As if impatient to be playing
Upon this pipe, as low it dangled
Over his vesture so old fangled.)
"Yet," said he, 'poor piper as I am,
In Tartary I freed the Cham,
Last June, from his
I eased in Asia
Of a monstrous
At'i as for
If I can rid
your town of rats
Will you give
me a thousand
thousand !" -
Of the astonished
"A monstrous brood ot Vampyre bats."
,nto the street the Piper stept,
Smiling first a little smile,
As if he knew what magic slept,
In his quiet pipe the while;
Then, like a musical adept,
To blow the pipe his lips he wrinkled,
And green and blue his sharp eyes twinkled,.
Like a candle-flame where salt is sprinkled;
And ere three shrill notes the pipe uttered,
You heard as if an army muttered.
uS-" -u And the muttering grew to a
And the grumbling grew to
.-.ess ya mighty rumbling:
And out of the houses the
-rats came tumbling.
C : Great rats, small rats, lean rats,
S Brown rats, 'black rats, grey rats,
tA .ae .,' plodders, gay
"Bless ye, In chli ldI,.n." young friskers,
F .I ...ks.-'m:u,: .'., .,. a .
Cockin"g : .".. s."
Brothers, sisters, : ,.'t s. a:..s -
Followed the Piper for their .": es.
From str': '.' :"
And step .r'," s.:
Until th' 1 a- < :A-
Wherein all plunged
Save one who, stout / .
as Julius Caesa,.
Swam across and lived to ca,'rr; .
(As he, the manuscript
he ckerisk he'\
To Rat-land home his
"Stout old Julius Caesar."
Which was, "At the fi
I heard a soui
A :,.. p..!tt:. ..... '-"-. g.tg'l *,'.:,ts rl ..
Into a ,:it -. .. i f 's f :
a' i,2.' ,' L'.' /I
And a i.,,: .'i ,; '. r:'i:'-urAir r .s ,
And a draw .' ., .''.'s 7<./ ai'-,:' at s,
And a break:, ,': r',i i'.'. .I .'.',:r-Eas- s,:
-And it se r I a.e i:.', ..
(Sweeter far /,:,',a i: .'r ,i rsalcr..,I
Is brea, : i' .a.''oe ,.,'. .
The world .s :' .. "
c'a .:i ".3t f1/
So munch a':,. ,.' cl':c., on.
take your r.,:'L.'citl,
Breakfast ..if, .
dinni. .. ..'cn .."
st shrill notes of the pipe,
nd as of scraping tripe,
And just as a bulky sugar-puncheon,
All ready staved, like a great sun shone
Glorious scarce an inch before me,
,7ust. as methought it said, 'Come, bore me!'
S I found the Weser rolling o'er. me."
You should have heard the Hamelin people
Ringing i th ;bells till they rocked the steeple.
"Go," cried the Mayor, "and get long poles,
Poke out :the nests and block up the holes!
Consult with carpenters and builders,
And )..: -',i our tofn not even a trace
..' 'Of the rats!" --when suddenly, up the face
Of the Piper perked in the market-place,
With a, "l-iis:, if .l.,- lease, my thousand guilders!"
For council 'u'i ",i, r"i, o' ,.: :, -
With Claret, C cs.'e, I Gr.
And half Mie money wOuld replenish
Their. cellar's ,; s butt with
To ,z tjs sum to a wandering feIlow
With a. gipse coat of r d .and3 !,:4..ci' I
"Beside," quoth the .Il/zor :'
a knowing wink,
"Our business was do*i at the
river's.. brink; -
We saw with our eyes the vermin sink, P
A'. d what's dead can't come to life, I think.
So, friend, we're not the folks to shrink
From the duty of giving you something Jfr drink,
And a mn:.at.-;obf money to put in your poke;
But as for the guilders, what we .S,' .
Of them, as you: very well know, a'A:-' .n joke.
Beside, our loses have made us thrifty,
A thousand -., 7 i. Come, take fifty!" ;
i he Piper's face fell, and he cried
"No ,**'*.. f I can't wait, beside!
I've promised to :.. i' dinner-time
Bagdat, .'," i,.. the rime
Of fead-Cook's pottage, all he's rich z,1,
'For having left, in the Caliph's kitchen,
Of a nest of .c.r-iorls no,
.: : .. who put ln''
With him Iproved no who put -e
n fin a passion
With you, May find
me pipe after
don't, think I'll me pe after
bate a another fashion."
bate a ..':'; .' ,
"And folks who put me in a passion
May find me pipe after another fashion."
"Out came the
children r .
"'-ow ?" cried the Mayor,
"d'ye think I brook
_- Being worse treated than a Cook?
S'.-Insulted by a lazy ribald
f pW.. it/ idle pipe and vesture piebald?
I ". You threaten us, fellow ?
Do your worst,
"- Blow your Pipe there till you burst!"
'(nce more ke step into the street
And to his lips again
Laid his long pipe of smooth straight cane;
And ere he blew three notes (such sweet
Soft notes as yet musician's cunning.. .
,2V j'; gave the enraptured air) '
There was a' rustling that .'.- .. like 7 ..'.
Small feet were pattering, wooden sl :.. ..'.. .
L ittle-,..; 'MSi cla. ", :,' :.'.' .. v .. ,..'.'i .'.,,
And, like fowls in a fq, ; i .w. .._ ..I 2
Out came the c'. i: ;..
All the little ,:, and g'ir's.
I an L : e
And ,,s/u .'.'. +.'y s ,'; :.V .' ,..; 1. s, :'. :: :. : .4
The -wonderful ,,,'-; shouting, .and"`taughter. ....
';:: + ... ..... -, X :." ;- "
&' he Mayor ,s i., a' .,i' ',ie (. ./ -: stood
As if they were changed into blocks of wood,
Unable to move a step, or cry
To the children merrily skipping by
Could only follow with the eye
That joyous crowd at the Piper's back.
But how the ..:..,r was on the rack,
And the wretched Council's bosoms beat,
As the Piper turned from the High Street
To where the Weser rolled its waters
Right in the way of their sons and daughters!
However he turned from South to West,
And to Koppelberg Hill his steps addressed,
And after him the children pressed;
Great was the joy in every breast.
"He never can cross that mighty top!
He's forced to let the piping drop,
And we shall see our children stop!"
When, lo, as they reached the mountain-side,
A wondrous portal opened wide,
As if a cavern was suddenly hollowed;
And the Piper advanced and the children followed,
And when all were in to the very last,
The door in the mountain-side shut fast.
Did I say, all? No! One was lame,
And could not dance the whole of the way;
And in after years, if you would blame
His sadness, he was used to say, -
"It's dull in our town since my playmates left!
I cannot forget that P'm bereft
Of all the pleasant sights they see, *-
Which .'.' Piper also '. ,s' s .
SFor he led us, he said, to a joyous land,
joining the .-: ,', .,s. :-
W h er e ze a t. ,s .., ,' / Z..: -. -
And 4W: S : -'-,
And tkeir .,,,.-.: ,wr a. ',:*r
.-? /; L e! .
,' ',', i l'. ;,. ,',
/ / t"'*t t .'.' .'
:flias, alas for Hamelin!
There came into many a burgher's pate
A text which says that heaven's gate
Opes to the rick at as easy rate
As the needle's eye takes
S.a camel in!
Tk ,izyor sent East, W.est,
A ? -and South,
:,. k e
To /7. : -ibl ,..word
S Sdlver and g .,:' ",: I content,
Sy return the o h ',
SA .,.,...,s ah:s enee i r, eve
ey mader a decree that nlad s never i m
TIf after th iy of the month' and year,
These words dtidh u:' o :' o ip l o,
,,And so log after what happened kere
On the Tw nty-second of 5uly,
And the better in memory to f_
The 01ace of tke children's last retreat,
Th," y called, it, the Pied Piper's Street-
Where any one playing on life or tabor
`Pas szure for the future to lose /is labour.
Nor suffered they. '.,.-','. or tavern
To shock with mirth a street so solemn;
But opposite the place of the cavern
They wrote the story on a column,
/d /.' ?I.. l rf,
S, ,, I ,l l ? l',' I..
And there it stands to this
And I must net omit to say
That in Transylvania there's a tribe
Of alien people who ascribe
The outlandish ways and dress
On which their neighbours lay such stress,
To their fathers and mothers having risen
L.wi .of some
ago in a
,, mig-hty band
u,/t of Hamelin
~5ut how or why,
o L. L 1.2 n d! h %%:L%5 am::di-~
So, Willy, let me and you be wipers
Of scores out with all men-especially pipers!
And, whether they pipe us free frdm rats or fr6m mice,
If we've promised them aught, let us keep our promise!