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John Gilpin's spouse said to her dear,
Though wedded we have been
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,
On horseback after we.
He soon replied, I do admire
Of womankind but one,
Therefore it shall be done.
I am a linen-draper bold,
As all the world doth know, And my good friend the Callender
Will lend his horse to go.
Quoth Mrs. Gilpin, That's well faid ;
And for that wine is dear,
Which is both bright and clear,
John Gilpin kiss’d his loving wife;
O’erjoy'd was he to find
She had a frugal mind.
The morning came, the chaise was brought,
But yet was not allow'd
Should say that she was proud.
So three doors off the chaise was stay'd,
Where they did all get in, Six precious fouls, and all agog
To dash through thick and thin.
Smack went the whip, round went the wheels,
Were never folk so glad,
As if Cheapfide were mad.
Jahn Gilpin at his horse's side
Seiz'd fast the flowing mane, And up he got in haste to ride,
But soon came down again ;
For saddle-tree scarce reach'd had he,
His journey to begin,
Three customers come in.
So down he came ; for loss of time,
Although it griev'd him fore,
Would trouble him much more.
'Twas long before the customers
Were suited to their mind,
66 The wine is left behind.”
Good lack ! quoth he-yet bring it me,
My leathern belt likewise,
When I do exercise.
Now Mistress Gilpin, careful soul!
And keep it safe and found.
Each bottle had a curling ear,
Through which the belt he drew, And hung a bottle on each side,
To make his balance true.