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I turned me to the rich man then,
For silently stood he ; ". You asked me why the poor complain, And these have answered thee.”
125.—THE PEARL. A little particle of rain,
That from a passing cloud descended, Was heard thus idly to complain :
"My brief existence now is ended; Outcast alike of earth and sky,
Useless to live, unknown to die.” It chanced to fall into the sea
And there an open shell received it;And, after years, how rich was he
Who from its prison-house relieved it! That drop of rain had formed a gem,
Fit for a monarch's diadem.
126.-THE DIVERTING HISTORY OF
INTENDED, AND CAME SAFE HOME AGAIN,
Of credit and renown;
Of famous London town.  Train-band-a company of men, not soldiers by profession, trained to martial exercise, in times of emer. gency. .
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,
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;
Will lend his horse to go.”
Quoth (3] Mistress Gilpin, " That's well said,
And for that wine is dear,
Which is both bright and clear.”
 Edmonton—a village on the north of London.
 Calender-put for calenderer-one whose trade it is to give cloth a smooth and glossy surface by a mechanical process.
 Quoth-says, or said.
John Gilpin kissed his loving wife,
O’erjoyed was he to find,
She had a frugal mind.
But yet was not allowed
Should say that she was proud.
Where they did all get in;
To dash through thick and thin.
Were never folks so glad;
As if Cheapside were mad.
Seized fast the flowing mane,
But soon came down again.
His journey to begin,
Three customers come in.
Although it grieved him sore,
(1) Agoy-in a state of desire.
'Twas long before the customers
Were suited to their mind,
“ The wine is left behind !” “ Good lack!” quoth he, “yet bring it me,
My leathern belt likewise,
When I do exercise !”
Had two stone bottles found,
And keep it safe and sound. Each bottle had a curling ear,
Through which the belt he drew; And hung a bottle on each side,
To make his balance true.
Equipped from top to toe,
He manfully did throw.
Upon his nimble steed,
With caution and good heed;
Beneath his well-shod feet, The snorting beast began to trot,
Which galled him in his seat.
 When I do exercise-as captain of one of the trainSo, “ fair and softly!” John he cried,
But John he cried in vain;
In spite of curb and rein.
Who cannot sit upright,
And eke with all his might,
Had handled been before,
Did wonder more and more.
Away went hat and wig ;
Of running such a rig. 
Like streamer long and gay,
At last it flew away.
The bottles he had slung;
As hath been said or sung.
Up went the windows all,
As loud as he could baw).
. Running a rig-an inelegant expression for getting into trouble.