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'If the matter depended alone upon me,
His apples might hang till they dropp'd from the treu;
But since they will take them, I think I'll go too;
He will lose none by me, though I get a few."

His scruples thus silenced, Tom felt more at ease,
And went with his comrades the apples to seize:
He blamed and protested, but join'd in the plan;
He shared in the plunder, but pitied the man.

THE DIVERTING HISTORY OF JOHN OII.PIN, Showing how he went farther than he intended, and came safe home again.

John Gilpin was a citizen

Of credit and renown,
A train-band Captain eke was lie

Of famous London town.

John Gilpin's spouse said to her dear—

"Though wedded we have been These twice ten tedious years, yet we

No holiday have seen.

To-morrow is our wedding-day,

And we will then repair
Unto the Bell at Edmonton

All in a chaise and pair.

My sister and my sister's child,

Myself and children three,
Will fill the chaise; so you must ride

On horseback after we."

He soon replied—'11 do admire

Of womankind but one,
And you are she, my dearest dear,

Therefore it shall be done.

I am a linen-draper bold,

As all the world doth know,
And my good friend the Calender

Will lend his horse to go."

Quoth Mrs. Gilpin—" That's well sai.l;

And for that wine is dear,
We will be furnish d with our own,

Which is both bright and clear."

John Gilpin kist'd his loving wife;

O'erjoy'd was he to And
That, tliough on pleasure she was brut.

She had a frugal mind.

The morning came, the chaise was brought.

But yet was not allow'd
To drive up to the door, lest all

Should say that she was proud

So three doors off the chaise was stay d,

Where they did all get in;
Six precious souls, and all agog

To dash through thick and thin
Smack went the whip, round went the wheels,

Were never folk so glad,
The stones did rattle underneath,

As if Cheapside were mad.
John Gilpin at his horse's side

Seized fast the flowing mane,
And up he got, in haste to ride,

But soon came down again;
For saddle-tree scarce reach'd liad he,

His journey to begin,
When, turning round his head, he saw

Three customers come in.
So down he came; for loss of time,

Although it grieved him soro,
Yet loss of pence, full well he knew,

Would trouble him much more. 'Twas long before the customers

Were suited to their mind,
When Betty screaming came down stairs,

“ The wine is left behind!"
“Good lack !" quoth he; “ yet bring it me,

My leathern belt likewise,
In which I bear my trusty sword

When I do exercise."
Now Mistress Gilpin (careful soul)

Had two stone bottles found,
To hold the liquor that she loved,

And keep it safe and sound.
Each bottle had a curling ear,

Through which the belt he drew, And hung a bottle on each side,

To make his balance true.
Then over all, that he might be

Equipp'd from top to toe,
His long red cloak, well brush'd and neat

He manfully did throw.
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 galld him in his seat.

So “Fair and softly," John he cried;

But John he cried in vain;
That trot became a gallop soon,

In spite of curb and rein.
So stooping down, as needs he must

Who cannot sit upright,
He grasp'd the mane with both his hands,

And eke with all his might.
His horse, who never in that sort

Had handled been before,
What thing upon his back had got

Did wonder more and more.
Away went Gilpin, neck or nought;

Away went hat and wig;
He little dreamt, when he set oul,

Of running such a rig.
The wind did blow, the cloak did Ay,

Like streamer long and gay,
Till, loop and button failing both,

At last it flew away.
Then might all people well discern

The bottles he had slung;
A bottle swinging at each side,

As hath been said or sung.

The dogs did bark, the children scream'd,

Up flew the windows all; And every soul cried out, “Well done!"

As loud as he could bawl. Away went Gilpin—who but he ?

His fame soon spread around "He carries weight! he rides a race

Tis for a thousand pound !

And still, as fast as he drew near,

Twas wonderful to view
How in a trice the turnpike-men

Their gates wide open threw.
And now, as he went bowing down

His reeking head full low,
The bottles twain behind his back

Were shatter'd at a blow.
Down ran the wine into the road,

Most piteous to be seen,
Which made his horse's flanks to smoku

As they had basted been.
But still be seem'd to carry weight,

With leathern girdle braced;
For all might see the bottle necks
Still dangling at his waist.

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So * Fair and softly," Jolm hp cried j

But John he cried in vain; That trot became a gallop soon,

In spite of curb and rein.

So stooping down, as needs he must

Who cannot sit upright, He grasp'd the mane with both his hands,

And eke with all his might.

His horse, who never in that sort

Had handled been before,
What thing upon his back had got

Did wonder more and more.

Away went Gilpin, neck or nought;

Away went hat and wig;
He little dreamt, when he set out,

Of running such a rig.

The wind did blow, the cloak did fly,

Like streamer long and gay, Till, loop and button failing both,

At last it flew away.

Then might all people well discern

The bottles he had slung;
A bottle swinging at each side,

As hath been said or sung.

The dogs did bark, the children scrram'd.

Up flew the windows all;
And every soul cried out, "Well done!"

As loud as he could bawL

Away went Gilpin—who but he?

His fame soon spread around— "He carries weight 1 he rides a race

Tis lor a thousand pound!"

And still, as fast as he drew noar,

Twas wonderful to view How in a trice the turnpike-men

Their gates wide open threw.

And now, as he went bowing down

His reeking head full low.
The bottles twain behind his back

Were shatterd at a blow.

Down ran the wine into the road,

Most piteous to be seen,
Which made his horse's flanks to smoko

As they had basted been.

But still he seem'd to carry weight,

With leathern girdle braced; For all might see the bottle necks

Still dangling at his waist

Whence straight he came with hat and wrig,

A wig that flow'd belind,
A hat not much the worse for wear,

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 upon your face;
And stop and eat, for well you may

Be in a hungry case."
Said John—" It is my wedding-day,

And all the world would stare
If wife should dine at Edmonton,

And I should dine at Ware."
So, turning to his horse, he said,

“I am in haste to dine;
'Twas for your pleasure you came here

You shall go back for mine."

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 to a trundling mop,

Or a wild goose at play.
At Edmonton his loving wife

From the balcony spied
Her tender husband, wondering much

To see how he did ride. “S:øp, ston, John Gilpin !-Here's the house, "

They all aloud did cry;
The dinner waits, and we are tired:

Said Gilpin-"So am I.”
But yet his horse was not a whit

Inclined to tarry there;
For why ?-His owner had a house

Full ten miles off at Ware.
So like an arrow swift he flew,

Shot by an archer strong;
So did he fly—which brings me to

The middle of my song.
Away went Gilpin out of breath,

And sore against his will,
Till at his friend's the Calender's

His horse at last stood still.
The Calender, amazed to see

His neighbor in such trim,
Laid down his pipe, flew to the gate,

And thus accosted him: " What news? what news? your tidings tell,

Tell me you must and shall;
Say why bare-headed you are com,

Or why you come at all?".
Now Gilpin had a pleasant wit,

And loved a timely joke; And thus unto the Calender

In merry guise 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."

Ah, luckless speech, and bootless boast!

For which he paid full dear; For while he spake, a braying ass

Did sing most loud and clear;

Whereat his horse did snort, as he

Had heard a lion roar,
And gallop'd off with all his might,

As he had done before.
Away went Gilpin, and away

Went Gilpin's hat and wig:
He lost them sooner than at first;

For why ?-They were too big.
Now Mistress Gilpin, when she saw

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 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,
The frighted steed he frighted more,

And made him faster run.

The Calender, 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 w:g,

A wig that flow'd behind,
A hat not much the worse for wear,

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 upon your face;
And stop and eat, for well you may

Be in a hungry case."

Said Jolm—" It is my wedding-day,

And all the world would stare If wife should dine at Edmonton,

And I should dine at Ware."

So, turning 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 speech, and bootless boast I

For which he paid full dear; For while he spake, a braying ass

Did sing most loud and clear;

Whereat his horse did snort, as he

Had heard a lion roar,
And gallop'd off with all his might,

As he had done before.

Away went Gilpin, and away

Went Gilpin's hat and wig:
He lost them sooner than at first;

For why?—They were too big.

Now Mistress Gilpin, when she saw

Her husband posting down Into the country far away,

She pull'd 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 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, The frighted steed he frighted mors,

And made him faster run.

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