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Time was when, settling on thy leaf, a fly
Embowelled now, and of thy ancient self
So stands a kingdom, whose foundation yet
Knee-timber is found in the crooked arms of oak, which, by reason of their distortion, are easily adjusted to the angle formed where the deck and the ship's sides meet.
Fails not, in virtue and in wisdom laid,
Thine arms have left thee. Winds have rent them off Long since, and rovers of the forest wild
126 With bow and shaft have burnt them. Some have left A splintered stump bleached to a snowy white; And some memorial none where once they grew. Yet life still lingers in thee, and puts forth
But since, although well qualified by age
may. One man alone, the father of us all, Drew not his life from woman; never gazed,
145 With mute unconsciousness of what he saw, On all around him ; learned not by degrees, Nor owed articulation to his ear ; But moulded by his Maker into man At once, upstood intelligent, surveyed
150 All creatures, with precision understood Their purport, uses, properties; assigned To each his name significant, and, filled
With love and wisdom, rendered back to Heaven
4. PLAYFUL POEMS.
THE DIVERTING HISTORY OF JOHN GILPIN :
SHOWING HOW HE WENT FARTHER THAN HE IN
TENDED AND CAME SAFE HOME AGAIN.
John GILPIN was a citizen
Of credit and renown,
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.
"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 calender
Will lend his horse to go.”
Quoth Mrs Gilpin, “ That's well said ;
And for that wine is dear,
Which is both bright and clear.”
John Gilpin kissed his loving wife;
O'erjoyed was he to find,
She had a frugal mind.
The morning came, the chaise was brought,
But yet was not allowed
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 folk so glad ;
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;