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The Dandy's Perambulations

London: John Marshall, 1819. Robert Cruikshank
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Page 4 That they with walking might not tire, Pink went two hobbies straight to hire; Then with their steeds they galloped on, Along the road to Kensington; And fair their journey might be seen, Until they came to Turnham Green, When some rude geese began to stare And hiss, as soon as they got there.


Page 11 But as he went along the road, The people laughed to see the load He carried on his back upright; So pushing on with all his might, To avoid the teasing gabble Of such intolerable rabble, He tumbled over a poor old sow, Who with her young made such a row That frightened Pink and Carey so, They knew not then which way to go.


Page 12 And ran along together straight, Until they reached the turnpike gate, Where a coach had made a stop; So they both got upon the top, And after their disastrous falls, At length in safety reached St. Paul’s.

Page 15 Then she took him on her knee, And poured him out a cup of tea, And with sweet words, that I can’t tell, She soothed, and made him almost well; Then, after a night’s rest or two, He will be able to renew The task of dressing a la mode, According to the present code. You then may see, if him you meet, The genuine Dandy all complete.

Page 10 When searching all the common round, There only one was to be found. Then what to do they could not tell, For Pink was then not very well; So Carey took him up to ride Upon his back that he might guide Their hobby, and return to town, Intending there to set him down.

Page 9 This was luckily a garret, That belonged to Peter Parrot, The only Dandy that was seen Or known to live, at Turnham Green, Who gave to him some fine perfume, That made his cheeks begin to bloom; Lent him his half-shirt and cravat, And then by the dear creature sat, While his friend went back to find Their steeds, which they had left behind:

Page 8 Then ran to help without delay, As on the ground he fainting lay, And with assistance found a place, Wherein he could his stays unlace; Escaping there the mirth and joke Of all the neighboring vulgar folk.

Page 14 Then took leave of one another: Pink went home to his grandmother, And who, when he began to tell The sad misfortunes that befell, Declared that he should never roam Again so far away from home;

Page 6 Pink in his fright turned quickly ’round, And knocked Mac Carey on the ground; Then fell himself (I can’t tell which) Either into a pond or ditch.