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Riddle, "In the Creation I Was Made"

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Celebration of Independance at mount Vernon

The following Ode composed by John L. Gaw was sung


The [?]


A Riddle


In the Creation I was made

And bound by cord, into my bed

And in it I'm oblig'd to keep

While I have life awake or asleep

Yet I can [run?] tho I am bound

In half a minute five miles [round?]

And all the time can keep my bed

Prehaps not more my cover Red [?]

Which when I sleep doth cover me

But when I wake I naked be

In [so tender?] under evr'y touch

Tho n'er so gentle hurts me [such?]

Which is the heaven I'm well [us'd?]

And I scarce by any [arm?] [abus'd?]

Tho' I have for my masters all

Both man & beast both great & small

Of different colours I pertake

But call'd most beautiful when black

And many crimes are charged on me

Pride coveting and adultery

And many more I have to bear

Tho I am deaf & cannot hear

And I am dumb 'tis known full well

And I can neither taste nor smell

Sometimes, I do water make

Tho never I single drop I take

I all my life did never think

That I should ever want to drink

I am a servant all agree

Yet I have some waiters two or three

I never taste their drink nor meat

But always live by what they eat

My appetite is never satisfied

To eat & drink I am denied

Yet I am always plump & round

as any thing that may be found

I live with all it is well known

And yet I die with every one

And now you may surprised be

With this description had of me

The [best?] thing after what is said

Is to tell what use of me is made

But half the use I shall not tell

For it would many volumes fill

But if it had not been for me

The Merchant ne'er would trade to sea

Nor farmers that live on the land

Their farming business understand

No [curious] work had ever been done

In brass or [on?] wood or stone

No liberal art had been professet

If man by me had not been blest

The sun would ne'er appear in sight

Nor moon be seen in fairest night

All this more had not been done

If I never had been known

And now 'tis time for to pass on

And tell the things I've seen and done

For tho in bed I'm bound to stay

I travel much by land and sea


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I was with Adam at the time

When Mother Eve was brought to him

And when the serpent did beguile

I was in the garden all the while

After they ate forbidden fruits

I help'd them make [?]

I am I now must [surely] own

Something the cause of what was done

I was in Cain and Abel's day

And I saw Cain his brother slay

I also saw the old world drown'd

And in the [?] was found

But I [forbear] to enumerate

I find the truth will be too great

And I your patience shall intrude

If I don't hasten to conclude

I'll only say I've witness been

Of many things none else have seen

When you this riddle do unfold

You'll own the truth of all that's told.

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