Andrew Jones


“I hate that Andrew Jones: he’ll breed
“His children up to waste and pillage.
“I wish the press-gang or the drum
“With its tantara sound, would come
“And sweep him from the village!”5
I said not this, because he loves
Through the long day to swear and tipple;
But for the poor dear sake of one
To whom a foul deed he had done,
A friendless Man, a travelling Cripple.10
For this poor crawling helpless wretch
Some Horseman who was passing by
A penny on the ground had thrown;
But the poor Cripple was alone
And could not stoop—no help was nigh.15
Inch-thick the dust lay on the ground,
For it had long been droughty weather:
So with his staff the Cripple wrought
Among the dust till he had brought
The halfpennies together.20
It chanc’d that Andrew pass’d that way
Just at that time; and there he found
The Cripple in the mid-day heat
Standing alone, and at his feet
He saw the penny on the ground.25
He stoop’d and took the penny up:
And when the Cripple nearer drew,
Quoth Andrew, “Under half-a-crown,
“What a man finds is all his own,
“And so, my friend, good day to you.”30
And hence I said, that Andrew’s boys
Will all be train’d to waste and pillage;
And wish’d the press-gang, or the drum
With its tantara sound, would come
And sweep him from the village!35