Adams Papers

Oct. 23. Wednesday.
[from the Diary of John Adams]

Oct. 23. Wednesday.

Rode to Mons in a great Rain, dined at the Couronne De L’Impereur, very well and very cheap, rode to Valenciennes and found our Axletree broken again. Put up at the Post house.

Walked about the Town, the Churches all shut, and nothing remarkable.

The bright rosy morning, peeps over the Hills

With blushes adorning, the Meadows and Fields.

The merry, merry, merry horn, calls come, come away

Awake from your Slumbers, and hail the new Day.

The Stag rous’d before Us, away seems to fly

And pants to the Chorus of Hounds in full Cry.

The follow, follow, follow, follow, the musical Chase

While Pleasure and Vigour each other embrace.

The day Sports being over, makes blood circle right

And gives the brisk Lover, fresh Charms for the night.

Then Let Us, Let us now enjoy, all We can while We may

Let Love crown the night Boys, as our Sports crown the day.

The Banks of the Dee.

T’was Summer, when softly the Breezes were blowing

And sweetly the Nightingale sang from the Tree

At the Foot of a Rock, where the River was flowing

I sat myself down on the Banks of the Dee.

Flow on lovely Dee! flow on thou sweet River

Thy Bank’s, purest Stream! shall be dear to me, ever

For then I first gain’d the Affections and favour

Of Jemmy, the Glory and Pride of the Dee.

But now he is gone and has left me, thus mourning

To quel the proud Tyrant, for valiant is he

And Ah! there’s nae hope of his speedy returning

To stroll here again on the Banks of the Dee.

He’s gone hapless youth, o’er the wide roaring Billows

The kindest the sweetest of all the young Fellows

And has left me to wander among the green Willows

The loneliest Lass, on the Banks of the Dee.

But time and my Prayers may perhaps yet restore him

Sweet Peace may return my dear Soldier to me

And when he returns, with such Care, I’ll watch o’er him

He n’eer shall again leave the Banks of the Dee.

The Dee then shall flow all its Beauties displaying

The Lambs shall again on its Banks be seen playing

Whilst I with my Jemmy, am carelessly straying

And tasting afresh all the Sweets of the Dee.

All the Cities and Villages of Brabant are very different from those of Holland. The Streets very foul. The Houses very dirty, the Doors and Windows broken, Bricks and Glass wanting. The People, Men, Women and Children filthy and rag[g]ed.

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