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But Betty, poor good woman! she,
You plainly in her face may read it,
Could lend out of that moment's store
Five years of happiness or more,
To any that inight need it. '
But yet I guess that now and then
With Betty all was not so well,
And to the road she turns her ears,
And thence full many a sound she hears,
Which she to Susan will not tell.
Poor Susan moans, poor Susan groans, " As sure as there's a moon in heaven," Cries Petty, “he'll be back again ; "They'll both be here, 'tis almost ten, • They'll both be here before eleven.”
Poor Susan moans, poor Susan groans, The clock gives warning for eleven, 'Tis on the stroke" If Johnny's near," Quoth Betty "he will soon be here, “ As sure as there's a moon in heaven.”
The clock is on the stroke of twelve,
And Johnny is not yet in sight,
The moon's in heaven, as Betty sees,
But Betty is not quite at ease;
And Susan has a dreadful night.
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His steeds, half an hour ago, '. .
For fohnny vile reflections cast; . is
" A little idle sauntering thing!" .
With other names, an endless string,
But now that time is gone and past...
And Betty's drooping at the heart,
That happy time all past and gone,
“ How can it be he is so late?.
" The Doctor he has made him wait;
“ Susan! they'll both be here anon!"
And Susan's growing worse and worse,
And Betty's in a sad quandary;
And then there's nobody to say
If she must go, or she must stay:
--She's in a sad quandary.
The clock is on the stroke of one;
But neither Doctor nor his guide
Appear along the moonlight road,
There's neither horse nor man abroad,
And Betty's still at Susan's side.
And Susan she begins to fear .
Of sad mischances not a few,
That Johnny may perhaps be drown'd,
Or lost perhaps, and never found; ni
Which they must both for ever rue. .
She prefaced half a hint of this...
With, ‘God forbid, it should be true!!
At the first word that Susan said
Cried Betty rising from the bed,
“ Susan, I'd gladly stay with you;-
“ I must be gone, I must away,
6. Consider, Johnny's but half-wise;
“. Susan, we must take care of him,.
“ If he is hurt in life or, limb”
"Oh God forbid!' poor Susan cries.
" What can I do?" says. Betty, going, “ What can I do to ease your pain? - Good Susan! tell me, and I'll stay; " I fear you're in a dreadful way,
But I shall soon be back again!").
"Good Betty go! good Betty go! “There's nothing that can ease my pain.? Then off she hies, but with a prayer. That God poor Susan's life would spare, Till she comes back again.,
So through the moonlight lane she goes,
And far into the moonlight dale;
And how she ran, and how she walked,
And all that to herself she talked,
Would surely be a tedious tale.
In high and low, above, below,
In great and small, in round and squares ".
In tree and tower was Johnny seen,
In bush and brake, in black and green,
'Twas “ Johnny! Johnny!" every where.
She's past the bridge that's in the dale,
And now the thought torménts her sore,
Johnny perhaps his horse forsook," p!
To hunt the moon that's in the brook,!.
And never will be heard of more.
And now she's high upon the down,' ;*
Alone amid a prospect wide; 1 )..?
There's neither Johnny nor his horse,
Among the fern or in the gorse;. : .1ii
There's neither doctor nor his guide.
“ Oh saints! what is become of him? “ Perhaps he's climbed into an oak, . “ Where he will stay till he is dead;'" “ Or sadly he has been misled, " And join'd the wandering gypsey-folk:
“ Or him that wicked poney's carried
"" To the dark cave, the goblins' hall,
“ Or in the castle he's pursuing,
“ Among the ghosts,' his own undoing;:
“ Or playing with the water-fall.
At poor old Susan then she railed, ..
While to the town she posts away;...
“ If Susan had not been so ill, ;
“ Alas! I should have had him still,
“ My Johnny, till my dying dayo??
Poor Betty! in this sad distemper, : ,
The Doctor's self would hardly spare;
Unworthy things she talked and wild;
Even he, of cattle the most mild,
The poney had his share.... do ...
And now she's got into the town, :
And to the Doctor's door she hies: ....
'Tis silence all on every side;.
The town so long, the town so wide,
Is silent as the skies. i sl..
And now she's at the Doctor's door, u'!..
She lifts the knocker, rap, rap, rap! i
The Doctor at the casement shews, curi
His glimmering eyes that peep and doze;
And one hand rubs his old night-cap. ...