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R. Caldecott's First Collection of Pictures and So

R. CALDECOTT'S first collection of PICTURES & SONGS

CONTAINING

THE DIVERTING HISTORY OF JOHN GILPIN

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

AN ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF A MAD DOG

THE BABES IN THE WOOD

THE THREE JOVIAL HUNSTMEN

SING A SONG FOR SIXPENCE

THE QUEEN OF HEARTS

THE FARMER'S BOY

LONDON FREDERICK WARNE AND CO., LTD. AND NEW YORK

PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN

[Illustration]

THE DIVERTING HISTORY OF JOHN GILPIN:

_Showing how he went father than he intended, and came safe home again._

[Illustration: WRITTEN BY Wm. COWPER WITH DRAWINGS BY R. CALDECOTT]

John Gilpin was a citizen Of credit and renown, A train-band captain eke was he, 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.

"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, Will fill the chaise; so you must ride On horseback after we."

[Illustration: The Linendraper bold]

He soon replied, "I do admire Of womankind but one, And you are she, my dearest dear, Therefore it shall be done.

"I am a linendraper bold, As all the world doth know, And my good friend the calender Will lend his horse to go."

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Quoth Mrs. Gilpin, "That's well said; And for that wine is dear, We will be furnished with our own, Which is both bright and clear."

John Gilpin kissed his loving wife; O'erjoyed was he to find, That though on pleasure she was bent, She had a frugal mind.

[Illustration]

The morning came, the chaise was brought, But yet was not allowed To drive up to the door, lest all 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 folks so glad! The stones did rattle underneath, As if Cheapside were mad.


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