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A Weekly Repository for MISCELLANEOUS LITERATURE.
No. XVIII.) January 18, 1817. .
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SHROVE TUESDAY; or a PANCAKE
DAY in LONDON,
AN ANCIENT CUSTOM, And when Bow-Bell became the signal of its Celebration,
BY THOMAS NICHOLLS, P.M.
Stifle not honest rapture in the birth,
To Matthew Wood, Esq. twice Lord Mayor of London.
WHILE fools and sycophants to fortune rise,
Rais'd by your merits from an humble state,
Printed by T. Kaygill, 36, Frith-Street, Sobo.
Unfold my pages, and awhile attend,
Of Simon Eyre I sing, how he began,
SHROVE TUESDAY ;
Or, Pancake-Day in London.
YE lads of London, by indenture bound,
To serve your master's lawfully and true;
Attend a while a fellow 'prentice sings,
Not in high strains like tuneful Pope or Prior ;
His theme is Pancakes, which you all admire.
And who shall dare to scorn his sav'ry lays ?
A greater bard could once of puddings sing ;
That friend to pies and pancakes*, Doctor King.
Expectant, as his dame the pancake fries ;
Dew on his lips, and rapture in his eyes.
* William King, L L.D. of Christ Church College, Oxon: Art of making Puddings.
Who their efficient qualities can doubt?
Speak you who've felt them glowing in the breast;
And soothe the craving appetite to rest.
Methinks my fellows, come and hark! they say;
Leave, leave thy labours Tom, and come away.”
Not like the vain from motives low and rude ;
From worth, too seldom found, from GRATITUDE!
Come give attention while the truth I tell ;
Then learn the story of the Pancake-Bell.
Could boast ten thousand aqueducts of health ;
And water-bearers turn'd their streams to wealth.
Augusta's Chronicle the same will tell ;
To fill with water at the nearest well.
Its healing current once gave health to me;
and taught the blind to see.
More than at other Wells were ever known;
That other Wards preferr'd it to their own.
One Simon Eyre, a poor Cordwainer's boy ;
Went to eat Pancakes, and give loose to joy.
+ At the first sound of the Bow. Bell on Shrove Tuesday, the London Apprentices claim the ancient custom of quitting their Employment to feast on Pancakes, as will presently appear.
Before the London Bridge Water Works were invented, many industrious persons maintained their families by supplying the Public from Bourns and Conduits with that element, &c.
In Jewin Street the ancient mansion stood,
But from the well a very little way ;
Without one penny to his poke to pay.
But boldly thus to his companions said ;
For without money I have hither stray'd.
If ever [in future time should be ;
The 'prentice lads shall long remember me.
On wine and pancake they shall break their fast; The City waits shall play to make them sport,
And I will cause the custom long to last. As thus a laugh went thro' the merry throng,
Dame Hubbards laugh’d, for she was glad to hear His shot was paid, nor did she think him wrong,
But told the tale with glee for many a year. Time, who works wonders, as we all can tell,
Conducted Simon to his freedom fair ; Plac'd him a master, and he prosper'd well,
Became a Sheriff, and at length the Mayor !! Once as he sat, in stately robes array'd,
With Lady May’ress by his mansion Gre; He recollects the solemn oath he made,
To those whose bounty he could still admire. Relates each circumstance in all respects,
Made many a comment on indulgeni fate ;
And most unworthy of the chair of state.
Advis'd him strait his promise to fulfill;
As intrest for each fellow lad's good will.
f The Pancake Woman.
| Simon Eyre, was Sheriff in 1432, and Lord Mayor of London in 1445; the same Year, he built Leaden Hall, (so called, from its being the first Building covered with that material) as a Store House for the Poor of the City. He established there also a Leather Market, for the use of the Cordwainers for ever,
She urged th'example of Sir Stephen Brown,*+
Who just before him fill'd the City chair;
And left behind a name without compare.
The time he swore before his Conduit friends;
To keep his word, and make them full amends.
To every Alderman Sir Simon sent;
His Conduit promise, and his good intent.
Gave free consent, and that in friendly sort;
And wish'd them store of pancakes and good sport.
To be continued.
THE NARRATOR, No. XIII.
The Subject concluded from Page 216.
“ Blest Philanthropy!
Having in my last paper recommended our magistrates to temper their judgments with more mercy, and having
*+ Sir Stephen Brown, was Lord Mayor of London in 1438, who to use the words of the Historian, was “a
character that should never be forgotten.” At the time he was Chief Magistrate, happened a great and general Famine, caused chiefly by unseasonable weather, and much increased by unfeeling •ROGUES ÎN GRAIN,' so that the poor were forced to fly to the Commons, and there dig up the Fern, to make them Bread of its roots, which so affected Sir Stephen, that he sent at his own expense, several quick sailing ships to Dantzick for Grain ; and these making a speedy return, the Markets were suddenly sunk, and many bundreds saved from starving. The goodness of this man is felt even to the present moment, for he was the first who shewed the Londoners the way to relieve their City, by applying to Foreign Markets for supply of grain in times of scarcity.