“A description of the morning” by Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift

(1667-1745)

Now hardly here and there an Hackney-Coach
Appearing, show’d the ruddy Morns Approach.
Now Betty from her Master’s Bed had flown,
And softly stole to discompose her own.
The Slipshod Prentice from his Masters Door
Had par’d the Dirt, and Sprinkled round the Floor.
Now Moll had whirl’d her Mop with dext’rous Airs,
Prepar’d to Scrub the Entry and the Stairs.
The Youth with broomy Stumps began to trace
The Kennel-Edge, where Wheels had worn the Place.
The Smallcoal-Man was heard with Cadence deep,
Till drown’d in shriller Notes of Chimney-Sweep.
Duns at his Lordships Gate begin to meet,
And Brickdust Moll had Scream’d through half the Street.
The Turnkey now his Flock returning sees,
Duly let out at Night to steal for Fees.
The watchful Bailiffs take their silent Stands,
And School-Boys lag with Satchels in their Hands.

Now hardly here and there an Hackney-Coach
Appearing, show’d the ruddy Morns Approach.
Now Betty from her Master’s Bed had flown,
And softly stole to discompose her own.
The Slipshod Prentice from his Masters Door
Had par’d the Dirt, and Sprinkled round the Floor.
Now Moll had whirl’d her Mop with dext’rous Airs,
Prepar’d to Scrub the Entry and the Stairs.
The Youth with broomy Stumps began to trace
The Kennel-Edge, where Wheels had worn the Place.
The Smallcoal-Man was heard with Cadence deep,
Till drown’d in shriller Notes of Chimney-Sweep.
Duns at his Lordships Gate begin to meet,
And Brickdust Moll had Scream’d through half the Street.
The Turnkey now his Flock returning sees,
Duly let out at Night to steal for Fees.
The watchful Bailiffs take their silent Stands,
And School-Boys lag with Satchels in their Hands.

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