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contract for the manager of Vauxhall, and who has had the modesty to take the title verbatim, and mutilate the whole subject in a most unmerciful manner; my words as I have written them were set by Mr. Blewett, the organist, who has done himself much credit, and me great justice; and the ballad in the following state is a great favourite, particularly at the east end of the metropolis, where it is warbled, by the sweet singers of Israel, from Houndsditch to the very extremities of Goodman's Fields.
YOUNG SPRING WATER CRESSES.
When hoary frost: hung on each thorn,
Ere night had well withdrawn her gloom,
From Colnbrook, down to Langley-broom,
Half clad and with neglected tresses,
While wading through the chilling stream,
With love, or with some jocund theme;
In hopes to conquer her distresses,
And cries her young SPRING WATER CRESSES.
Through many an alley, lane, or street,
Ere luxury has left her bed,
Phoebe next to meet,
Whene'er her purse some mite possesses ;
Come buy myyoung SPRING WATER Cresses.
Notwithstanding all impediments, should justice for ever wink and fortune turn her back, die when I may, I will die with my old family-principles, which are to adore
my God, honor my King, revere my Country, and admire the Constitution,
Weymouth and Melcomb Regis are so contiguous to each other as to be only divided by a narrow river, and are often considered as one place, but neither of the towns are of much consequence in respect to buildings, situation, or wealth. There is no public place of refreshment, but the great hotel, that is worth notice, or where you get attention.
Should you visit the Isle of Portland, which lies about two miles froin Weymouth, you may meet with some gratification, but not without much fatigue; and, when you have ascended about a mile into this island, you will be pleased to meet with a ncat and not inelegant hotel, well-supplied with every comfortable article for the table. The inhabitants of this rock look wholesome and generally clean; the
men robust, the women fair and stout; their children often beautiful. They have peculiar customs of their own, live peaceably with each other, and, not being subject to all the laws that the rest of the kindom is, perhaps this may be the principal reason of their living in such an envied state of tranquillity.
It is reported of them by the people of Weymouth, that the men and women marry only among themselves; that they are bedded first; but, if in a certain time no fruitful signs should happen to appear in the woman, they part, and both look out for another mate.
There is a well-built new church situated on the highest part, and in the centre of the island, and a vast
number of neat grave-stones, with a great variety of whimsical and affectionate epitaphs.
It is worthy observation, that the stones which are blown up by the miners on the very summit of the rock, (much higher from its extensive base than the cross of St. Paul's in the city of London is from the foundation of the church,) yet those very stones are impregnated with thousands of shells of various shapes and 'sizes.
There is a theatre in Weymouth, which is frequently honoured with the attendance of the Royal Family; the performers are generally of a moderate description, only fit to make the audience laugh, by putting na