|NOTES from DR SYNTAX'S TOUR, 1812|
Plate 1, opposite p.6:-
DOCTOR SYNTAX, SETTING OUT ON HIS TOUR TO THE LAKES.
With his aged nag, Grizzle.
The story told, the Doctor eas'd
Of his grand plan, and Madam pleas'd,
No pains were spar'd by night or day
To set him forward on his way:
She trimm'd his coat - she mended all
His various clothing, great and small:
And better still, a purse was found
With twenty notes of each a pound.
Thus furnish'd and in full condition
To prosper on his expedition,
At length the ling'ring moment came
That gave the dawn of wealth and fame.
Incurious Ralph, exact at four,
Led Grizzle saddled to the door;
And soon in more than common state,
The Doctor stood before the gate,
Behind him was his faithful wife;-
"One more embrace, my dearest life!"
Then his grey palfrey he bestrode,
And gave a nod and off he rode.
"Good luck, good luck!" she loudly cried,
"Vale! O Vale!" he replied.