The Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque; A Poem ... with an Interesting Biography of the Author ...

The Tour of Doctor Syntax in Search of the Picturesque; A Poem ... with an Interesting Biography of the Author ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...worth a pound: Nay, to amuse the country folk, We'll put her up, by way of joke, But no one must the wager smoke: And I propose, that if you lose, (No Christian will the bet refuse) The money to the poor you'll give, 'Twill be a Christian donative: And if my old and faithful mare Should be so treated in the fair, That not a person would be willing To offer for her twenty shilling, On honour I will do the same, As sure as Syntax is my name. Such are the terms that I propose, So let us now the bargain close." " Give me your hand," the farmer said, "The terms I'll keep, the bargain's made." Thus they rode on and reached the town: --The pipe and bowl the evening crown. The morrow came, and through the fair The Farmer led the grizzle mare. Says one, " I would not bid a pound; She's only fit to feed a hound; But would a hound the gift receive, For she has nought but bones to give? Where must we look her ears to find? And faith! she's left her tail behind!" "Why," says another, "view her scars: She must have left them in the wars." As a warm Yeoman passed along, He heard the jeerings of the throng, And felt a strong desire to know What pleased the laughing people so. " A Parson, Sir," says one, " distressed, Would sell that poor, that wretched beast; And asks, I hear, a pound or two: I think he'll ne'er get that from you." " If that's the case," the Yeoman said, --" I'll ease his heart, and buy the jade. I'll bid two pounds, my friend, that's plain, And give him back his beast again." The Farmer owned the wager lost, And oped his bag to pay the cost: " No, Sir," says Syntax, " 'tis to you To pay where'er you think it due: But, as we passed the Common o'er, I saw beside a cottage door, A woman with a spinning-wheel, Who turned her thread around the...
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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236668456
  • 9781236668455