The Diverting History of John Gilpin
One of R. Caldecott’s Picture Books
[Illustration: The Diverting History of John Gilpin]
==The diverting history of John Gilpin:==
Showing how he went farther than he intended, and came safe home again.
[Illustration: Written by William Cowper with drawings by R. Caldecott.]
John Gilpin was a citizen
Of credit and renown,
A train-band captain eke was he,
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
Myself, and children three,
Will fill the chaise; so you must ride
On horseback after we.”
[Illustration: The Linendraper bold]
He soon replied, “I
Of womankind but one,
And you are she, my dearest dear,
Therefore it shall be done.
“I am a linendraper
As all the world doth know,
And my good friend the calender
Will lend his horse to go.”
Quoth Mrs. Gilpin, “That’s
And for that wine is dear,
We will be furnished with our own,
Which is both bright and clear.”
John Gilpin kissed his loving
O’erjoyed was he to find.
That though on pleasure she was bent,
She had a frugal mind.
The morning came, the chaise
But yet was not allowed
To drive up to the door, lest all
Should say that she was proud.
So three doors off the chaise
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 folks so glad!
The stones did rattle underneath,
As if Cheapside were mad.
John Gilpin at his horse’s
Seized fast the flowing mane,
And up he got, in haste to ride,
But soon came down again;
For saddletree scarce reached
His journey to begin,
When, turning round his head, he saw
Three customers come in.
So down he came; for loss
Although it grieved him sore,
Yet loss of pence, full well he knew,
Would trouble him much more.
[Illustration: The 3 Customers]