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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 finoke

As they had basted been.

But still he seem'd to carry weight,

With leathern girdle brac'd; For all might see the bottle-necks

Still dangling at his waist.

Thus all through merry INington

These gambols he did play, And till he came unto the Wash

Of Edmonton so gay.


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At Edmonton his loving wife

From the balcony spied
Her tender husband, wond'ring much

To see how he did ride.

Stop, stop, John Gilpin !-Here's the house

They all at once did cry;
The dinner waits, and we are tir’d:

Said Gilpin--So am I.

But yet

his horse was not a whit

Inclin’d 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 fore against his will,
Till at his friend the Callender's

His horse at last stood ftill.

The Callender, amaz'd to fee

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

And thus accofted him:

What news! what news! your tidings tell,

Tell me you must and shallSay why bare-headed you are come,

Or why you come at all ? VOL. II.

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Now Gilpin had a pleasant wit,

And lov'd a timely joke ; And thus unto the Callender

In merry guise he spoke :

I came because your horse would come ;

And, if I well forebode,
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 strait he came with hat and wig,

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 witMy 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.

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