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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 child,
      Myself, and children three,
    Will fill the chaise; so you must ride
      On horseback after we.”
    [Illustration:  The Linendraper bold]

    He soon replied, “I do admire
      Of womankind but one,
    And you are she, my dearest dear,
      Therefore it shall be done.

    “I am a linendraper 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 said;
      And for that wine is dear,
    We will be furnished with our own,
      Which is both bright and clear.”

    John Gilpin kissed his loving wife. 
      O’erjoyed was he to find. 
    That though on pleasure she was bent,
      She had a frugal mind.



    The morning came, the chaise was brought,
      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 was stayed,
      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 side
      Seized fast the flowing mane,
    And up he got, in haste to ride,
      But soon came down again;

    For saddletree scarce reached had 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 sore,
    Yet loss of pence, full well he knew,
      Would trouble him much more.

    [Illustration:  The 3 Customers]

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