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The Diverting History of John Gilpin

William Cowper

Book Overview: 

A humorous tale of John Gilpin written in old rhyme. This is considered to be the first picture book for children.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .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.

 

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.

John Gilpin at his horse's side

Seized fast the flowing mane,

And up he got, in haste to ride,

But soon came down again;

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