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And there he threw the Wash about
On both sides of the way, Just like unto a trundling mop, i · Or a wild goose at play....
• Stop, stop, John Gilpin! here's the house !
They all at once did cry; « The dinner waits, and we are tired!
Said Gilpin- So am I!
But, ah! 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's, the callender's,
His horse at last stood still.
The callender, surpriz'd to see
His friend in such a trim,
And thus accosted him :-- . ..''
• What news, what news?-the tidings tell,
• Make haste and tell me all ? Say, why bare-headed you are come,
Or why you come at all ?'
Now Gilpin had a pleasant wit,
And lov'd a timely joke ; And thus unto the callender,
In merry strains, he spoke
• I came because your horse would come,
* And, if I well forbode, “My hat and wig will soon be here;
· They are upon the road.'
The callender, 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 droop'd behind,
Each comely in its kind.
He held them up, and, in his turn,
Thus show'd his ready wit, • My head is twice as big as yours,
• They therefore needs must fit.
• But let me scrape the dirt away
· That hangs about your face; And stop and eat-for well you may * Be in a hungry case!'
Said John— It is my wedding-day,
And folks would gape and stare, “If wife should dine at Edmonton,
And I should dine at Ware.'
Then, speaking 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 word and bootless boast
For which he paid full dear;
Did sing most loud and clear: .
Whereat his horse did snort, as if
He heard a lion roar;
As he had done before.
Away went Gilpin--and away
Went Gilpin's bat and wig ;
For why? –They were too big.
Now Gilpin's wife, when she had seen
Her husband posting down Into the country far away,
She pulld out half-a-crown;
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 they met;
He tried to stop John's horse
But only made things worse :
For, 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 lumber of the wheels.
Six gentlemen upon the road,
Thus seeing Gilpin fly, .
They rais’d the hue and cry.
• Stop thief stop thief -a highwayman!
Not one of them was mute;
Soon join'd in the pursuit. .
But all the turnpike-gates again :
Flew open in short space;
That Gilpin rode a race:" . i
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;
A letter was directed to the Clown at CoventGarden, whether from a love of pun, or a want of literature, is uncertain :~Mr. Grim-all-day.
When Garrick, in the zenith of his powers, took his friend Doctor Johnson to view his valuable estates, which, by a late decree, his widow has been ejected from, the emotion they caused in the mind of the great moralist was singular“Ah! David, David, David, (exclaimed the Doctor, tapping the shoulder of our immortal Roscius), these are the things which make a deathbed terrible!”
Anecdote of the late Czar Peter.—Peter had well studied the distinguishing character of the individuals of the European nations: and being one day at the Admiralty, where various places were about to be given to foreigners, he thus spoke :-“ Let the Frenchmen have good pay ; they are men of pleasure, and will spend their ‘earnings. The case is similar with the Germans; they love good eating, and will not save much. The Englishman should have more than either, for they will enjoy themselves, whether they can