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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
A Description of the Morning
By Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)
NOW hardly here and there a hackney-coach
Appearing, show’d the ruddy morn’s approach.
The slip-shod ’prentice from his master’s door
Had pared the dirt, and sprinkled round the floor.
Now Moll had whirl’d her mop with dext’rous airs,        5
Prepared to scrub the entry and the stairs.
The youth with broomy stumps began to trace
The kennel’s edge, where wheels had worn the place.
The small-coal man was heard with cadence deep,
Till drown’d in shriller notes of chimney-sweep;        10
Duns at his lordship’s gate began to meet;
And brickdust Moll had scream’d through half the street.
The turnkey now his flock returning sees,
Duly let out a-nights to steal for fees:
The watchful bailiffs take their silent stands,        15
And schoolboys lag with satchels in their hands.

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