Habakkuk Hyde. - Poem by Samuel Bamford
I once did reside
Near one Habakkuk Hyde,
The drollest of mortals it can't be denied;
A dandy was Hyde,
And a doctor beside,
And his greatest amusement a pony to ride.
Now beggarly pride,
It can't be denied,
Will lead the poor beggar to hell, if he'll ride;
And though Mister Hyde
So often had tried,
A nag like the present he'd ne'er been astride.
One day, muttered Hyde,
I cannot abide
To stand doing nothing, I'll e'en take a ride;
His nag he espied,
And soon got astride,
And off at a canter went Habakkuk Hyde.
His tit was wall-eyed,
It limp'd on one side,
It soon began roaring for Habakkuk Hyde;
Oh! music, said Hyde,
And a song too beside,
And all for five shillings, rare Habakkuk Hyde.
As on he did ride
A ditch he espied,
And straightway to leap it went pony and Hyde;
But Rossinante shied,
And straight sprung aside,
And into the gutter roll'd Habakkuk Hyde.
A Paddy espied
The misfortune of Hyde,
And dragg'd him to land, or the doctor had died;
Oh, jewel! he cried,
You must mind how you ride,
Or, faith, you'll be smother'd, sweet Habakkuk Hyde.
Comments about Habakkuk Hyde. by Samuel Bamford
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.