|Weekly Visitor (New York, New York) |
January 9, 1819
ADDRESS OF THE CARRIER
AND LADIES' MUSEUM,
To his Patrons January 1st, 1819.
This DAY, which ever brings good cheer,
To usher in the Happy Year,
I come to wish you Health and Joy—
A VISITOR—Your CARRIER Boy.
In days of old, you know the fact is—
This was Old Knickerbocker's practice:
To treat with New-Year's Cake and dram
The Boys of then New Amsterdam.
Ah, then his humane heart would melt,
And out would come his hoarded geldt—
Tho' dead (God bless him!) now and rotten
Be ne'er his generous ways forgotten.
While young and old so gay and pleasant
Exchange their New Year's wish and present;
While children round their parents press
With clamor,—anxious to possess
The Stocking, hoped with riches fraught;
Which good Old Santaclaus has brought;
Who yearly down the chimney comes
With Rods and Toys and Sugar-Plums,
And leaves for naughty girls and boys
The whips—but for the good, the toys—
Midst all these scenes of festive glee
I hope you will remember me;
Think how I trudge thro' Snow and Rain,
Thro' Cold and Heat and ne'er complain:
And weekly bring to please you, many
A Tract of useful MISCELLANY;
For I can truly boast my trade is
From morn 'till night to Please the Ladies.
I tell of "Hair breadth" 'scapes, and danger—
"Apothecary"—"Child of a Stranger"—
Recount what fates the loves befel
Of Nemorin and Fair Estelle—
With names of couples newly wed,
And many number'd with the dead,
Your SMILES alone my only pay,—
And TRIFLING GIFT on New-Year's Day.
Bestow but these, and I'll depart
And bless you with a grateful heart:—
So may you live exempt from woes,
And never be in want of Beaux,—
And Husbands kind to crown your joy,
Sincerely prays your