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So like an arrow swift he flew,

Shot by an archer strong;
So did he fly-which brings me to

The middle of my fong.

Away went Gilpin, out of breath,

And fore against his will,
Till at his friend the Callender's

His horse at last stood still.

The Callender, amaz'd to see

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

And thus accosted 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,



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.

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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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Ah luckless speech, and bootless boast!

For which he paid full dear; For while he spake, a braying ass

Did sing most loud and clear ;

Whereat his horse did snort as he

Had hcard a lion roar,

And gallop'd off with all his might,

As he had done before.

Away went Gilpin, and away

Went Gilpin's hat and wig; He lost them fooner than at first,

For why? they were too big.

Now, Mistress Gilpin, when she saw

Her husband posting down Into the country far away,

She pulld out half a crown;

And thus unto the youth she said

That drove them to the Bell, This shall be your's when you bring back

My husband fafe and well.

The youth did ride, and soon did meet

John coming back amain, Whom in a trice he tried to stop

By catching at his rein

But not performing what he meant,

And gladly would have done,
The frighted steed he frighted more;

And made him fafter run.

Away went Gilpin, and away

Went post-boy at his heels, The post-boy's horse right glad to miss

The lumb’ring of the wheels.

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