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With treach'rous music's luring tongue;
He still maintains his road :
Destructive charms, and wanton wiles;
His foul is fix'd-on God. 'Tis here with boundless pow'r I reign ;
At length he kens the promis'd land, And ev'ry health which I begin,
And hails aloud the with'd for strand, Converts dull port to bright champaign;
With heavenly joy poffeft; Such Freedom crowns it at an inn.
And 'midst the plenty of his store,
His labour past, his toil no more,
Enjoys the port of rest.
$ 223. The Enquiry. Written in the last Century Here, waiter! take my
AMONGST the myrtles as I walk’d; Which lacqueys else might hope to win;
Love and my sighs thus intertalk'd :
• Tell me, said I, in deep distress,
may It buys me frecdom at an inn.
I find my thepherdess ?'
“ Thou fool, said Love, know'st thou not thiş? Whoe'er has travellid life's dull round, “ In ev'ry thing that's good, the is; Where'er his stages may have been ;
“ In yonder tulip go and feck, May figh to think he ftill has found
“ There thou may'st find her lip, her cheek; The warmelt welcome at an inn.
“ In yond enameli'd panfy by,
“ There weave the streamers of her blood;
“ The emblems of her whiter hand; The man whose heart from vice is clear, Whole deeds are honest, true, fincere,
“ In yonder riling hill there smell
“ Such fweets as in her botom dwell: Whom God and virtue guide;
“'Tis true,” said he. And thereupon With cautious circumspection wise,
I went to pluck them one by one,
To make of parts an union ;
But on a sudden all was gone.
With that I stopt. Said Love, “ These be, In adverse combat midit the skies,
“ Fond man, refemblances of thee; But hears without dismay;
" And as these flow'rs thy joys shall die, His pilot, God, the vellel guides,
“ E'en in the twinkling of an eye ; And o’er the seady helm presides,
“ And all thy hopes of her thall wither, And points the defilu'd way.
“ Like these short livects that knit together,"
LUDICROUS Poems, Epigrams, Epitaphs, Odes, Classical Songs, Ballads,
Prologues and Epilogues, and various other little Pieces calculated for Re-
gs. The diverting History of John Gilpin; Beruing The morning caine, the chaise was brought,
baru be went further than ke intended, and came But yet was not allow'd Jufe bone again.
Cow PER. To drive up to the door, left all
Should say that she was proud.
So three doors off the chaise was stay'd,
Where they did all get in, Of famous London town.
Six precious fouls, and all agog, John Gilpin's spouse said to her dear,
To dath through thick and thin. Though weddcd we have been
Smack went the whip, round went thc whecks, These twice ten tedious years, yet we
Were never folk so glad; No holiday have seen.
The stones did rattle underneath To-morrow is our wedding-day,
As if Cheapfide were mad. And we will then repair
John Gilpin at his horse's side Unto the Bell at Edmonton,
Sciz'd fast the flowing mane; All in a chaise and pair.
And up he got in haste to ride,
But foon came down again :
For laddle-tree scarce reach'd had he,
His journey to begin,
you On horfcback after we,
When, turnin; round his head, he saw
Three customers come in,
So down he camc; for loss of time,
Although it griev'd him fore,
Yet loss of pence, full well he knew, Therefore it shall be done.
Would trouble him much more. I ain a linen-draper bold,
'Twas long before the customers As all the world doth know,
Were suited to their mind;
When Betty screaming came down stairs,
“ The wine is left bchind!” Quotin Mistress Gilpin, That's well said; Good lack! quoth he-yet bring it me, And, for that wine is dear,
My leathern belt likewise, We will be furnith'd with our own,
In which I bear my trusty sword Which is both bright and clear.
When I do exercise. John Gilpia kifs d his loving wife;
Now Mistress Gilpin, careful foul ! C'crioy'd was he to find
Had two stone bottles found, That, though on plcasure she was bort,
To hold the liquor that the lovida Sie hain frugil mind.
And keep it safe and found.
Each bottle had a curling car,
For all might see the bottle-neck:
Still dangling at his waist.
Thus all through merry Islington
These gambols he did play,
And till he came unto the Wash
Of Edinonton fo gay.
On both sides of the way,
Just like unto a crundling mop,
Or a wild goose at piay.
At Edmonton his loving wife
Froin balcony espied
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 rarry there;
For why? his owner had a house
Full ten miles oil, at Ware.
Shot by an archer strong;
So did he fly-which brings me to
The middle of my tong.
Away went Gilpin, out of breath,
And fore against his will,
Till at his friend's the callender's
His horse at last stood itill.
The callender, amaz'd to see
His neighbour in such trim,
Laid down his pipe, flew to the gate,
And thus accolted him:
What news! what news! your tidings tell,
Tell me you must and thall
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;
In merry guife he spoke :
I came because your horse would comc:
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 fricnd 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 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 shew'd his ready wit:
My head is cwice as big as yours,
They therefore needs must fit.
That hangs upon your face ;
And stop and eat, for well you may
Be in a hungry cafe.
Said John, It is my wedding-day;
§ 2. An Evening Contemplation in a Calze; If wife hould dine at Edmonton,
in Imitation of Gray's Elegy in a County
THE curfew tolls the hour of closing gates;
With jarring found the porter turns the kev;
Then in his dreary mansion Numbering wairs,
And flowly, sternly quits it, though for me. You shall back for mine.
Now shine the spires bencath the paly moon, Ah lucklcfs speech, and bootless boast !
And thro' the cloisters peace and filence reigns For which he paid full dear;
Save where some fidler fcrapes a drowly tune, For while he spake a braying ass
Or copious boils inspire a jovial strain; Did fing moft loud and cliar;
Save that in yonder cobweb-mantled raom, Whereat his horse did snort, as he
Where Neeps a student in profound repole
, Had heard a lion roar ;
Oppress’d with ale, wide echoes thro' the glycom And gallop'd off with all his might,
The droning music of his vocal nose. As he had done before.
Within those walls, where thro' the glimmering Away went Gilpin, and away
shade Went Gilpin's hat and wig;
Appear the pamphlets in a mouldering heap, He loft them fooner than at first,
Each in his narrow bed till morning laid, For why? they were too big.
The peaceful fellows of the college flcep. Now Mistress Gilpin, when she saw
The tinkling bell proclaiming early pray'rs, Her husband posting down
The noily fervants rattling o'er their head, Into the country far away,
The calls of business, and domestic cares, She pullid out half a crown ni
Ne'er rouse these sleepers from their doway And thus unto the youth she said
bed. That drove them to the Bell,
No chattering females crowd their social fire, This shall be yours when you bring back No dread have they of discord and of trife
, My husband safe and well.
Unknown the names of husband and of fire, The youth did ride, and soon did moet
Unfelt the plagues of matrimonial life. John coming back amain,
Oft have they bask'd beneath the sunny walls
, Whom in a trice he tried to stop
Oft have the benches bow'd beneath their By catching at his rein;
weight, But not performing what he meant,
How jocund are their looks when dinner calls ! And gladly would have done,
How smoke the cutlets on their crowded plate! The frighted steed he frighted more,
O! let not temperance, too disdainful, hear
How long their feasts, how long their dinners
Nor let the fair, with a contemptuous sneer
, The post-boy's horse right glad to miss
On thele unmarried men reflections cast! The lumb'ring of the wheels.
The splendid fortune and the beauteous face Six gentlemen upon the road
(Themselves confefs it, and their fires bemoan) Thus fceing Gilpin Ay,
Too foon are caught by scarlet and by lace ; With post-boy scamp'ring in the rear,
These fons of science thine in black alone. They rais’d the hue and cry:
Forgive, ye fair, th’involuntary fault
, Stop thief! ftop thief!-a highwayman!
If these no feats of gaiety display, Not one of them was muto;
Where through proud Ranelagh's wide-echoing
vault And all and each that pass’d that way Did join in the pursuit.
Melodious Frasi trills her quavering lay. And now the turnpike gates again
Say, is the sword well suited to the band? Flew open in short space ;
Does broider'd coat agree with fable gown The toll-men thinking, as before,
Can Mechlin laces thade a churchman's hand”. That Gilpin rode a race.
Or learning's votaries ape the beaux of town! And so he did, and won it too,
Perhaps in these time-tortering walls reside
Some who were once the darling of the fair,
Some who of old could tastes and fashions guide,
Control the manager, and awe the player
But Science now has fill'd their vacant mind, Now let us fing, Long live the king,
With Rome's rich spoils, and truth's exalted And Gilpin, long live he ;
views, And when he next doth ride abroad,
Fir'd them with transports of a nobler kind, May I be there to fee!
first to town,
And bade them Dight all females--but the muse.
Full many a lark, high towering to the sky, “ Then in the garden chose a funny walk,
Unheard, unheeded, greets th' approach of light; “ Or launch'd the polith'd bowl with steady
“ One morn we miss’d him at the hour of pray'r,
“ Nor in the hall, nor on his favourite green: Some future Herring, who, with dauntless brcast,
“ Another came ; nor yet within the chair, Rebellion's torrent shall like him oppose,
“ Nor yet at bowis or chapel was he seen. Some mute, unconscious Hardwicke here muy rest,
“ The next we hcard that, in a neighbouring Some Pelham, dreadful to his country's foes.
" thire, From prince and people to command applause,
" That day to church he led a blushing bride, 'Milf ermin’d peers to guide the high debate,
" A nymph whose snowy veft and maiden fear To thield Britannia's and Religion's laws,
“ Improv'd her beauty while the knot was tied. And steer with steady course the helm of state
“ Now, by his patron's bountcous care remov'de Fate yet forbids ; nor circumscribes alone
“ He roves enraptur'd thro' the fields of Kent; Their growing virtues, but their crimes con- " Yet, ever mindful of the place he lov'd, fines;
“ Rcad here the letter which he latcly lent."
With “pensions, taxes, marriages, and Jews;" Alike to fortune and to fame unknown;
Next to the blessings of religious truth,
Two gifts my endless gratitude engage-
A Wife, the joy and trantport of my youth;
Now with a Son, the comfort of my age.
Seck pot to draw me from this kind retreat,
In loftier spheres unfit, untaught to move; On polith'd pillars rais'd with bronzes deck'd,
Content with calm domestic life, where meet They claim the passing tribute of a smile:
The sweets of friend thip, and the similes of love,
Mil-Spelt by blundering binders' want of care;
§ 3. The Three Wai nings. A Tal. To tell th'admiring guest what books are there.
By Mrs. THRALE.
Neglects to hold thort dalliance with a book ? THE tree of deepest root is found
Least willing itill to quit the ground;
'Twas therefore laid by ancient fages,
That love of life increas'd with years
Novels Lord Fopling and Sir Plumc require, When pains grow tharp, and fickness rages,
The greateit love of life
This great affection to believe,
Which all confels, but few perceive,
Sume antiquarian hould enquire thy fate ; When sports went round, and ail were gay,
On neighbour Dobson's wedding-dav,
With him into another room;
And looking grave— You must,' savs he,
Quit your riveet bride, and come with me."
With you! and quit my Suran's fide ?
With you 'the hapless huband cried :
“ And por’d upon the news with curious cye. My thoughts on other matters go;
His realons could r.ot well be stronger;