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April, 1709.

1 NOW hardly here and there an Hackney-Coach
2 Appearing, show'd the Ruddy Morns Approach.
3 Now Betty from her Masters Bed had flown,
4 And softly stole to discompose her own.
5 The Slipshod Prentice from his Masters Door,
6 Had par'd the Dirt, and Sprinkled round the Floor.
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7 Now Moll had whirl'd her Mop with dext'rous Airs,
8 Prepar'd to Scrub the Entry and the Stairs.
9 The Youth with Broomy Stumps began to trace
10 The Kennel-Edge, where Wheels had worn the Place.
11 The Smallcoal-Man was heard with Cadence deep,
12 'Till drown'd in Shriller Notes of Chimney-Sweep,
13 Duns at his Lordships Gate began to meet,
14 And Brickdust Moll had scream'd through half the Street.
15 The Turnkey now his Flock returning sees,
16 Duly let out a Nights to Steal for Fees.
17 The watchful Bailiffs take their silent Stands,
18 And School-Boys lag with Satchels in their Hands.


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Title (in Source Edition): A DESCRIPTION OF THE MORNING. April, 1709.
Themes: city
Genres: georgic

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Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745. Miscellanies in PROSE and VERSE [poems only]. London: printed for John Morphew, near Stationers Hall, 1711, pp. 404-405. [14],416p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T39454)

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