A Day at Tunbridge Wells
For to do justice to the Beaux, In scandal they ne'er deal-a, For each one's of himself too full To mind the Commonweal-a.
" From six till ten they dance or play, Or Punch's grace attend-a, Oh ! that his sage rebukes would make Them their wild ways amend-a. What's after that among them done Judge as you can the best-a; But sure 'twere wise if with my muse They all would go to rest-a." • Almost without exception, everybody who
went to Tunbridge Wells conformed to Beau Nash's first rule, that every visitant should live in public; and the great man's injunction —which endured for some decades after his death—was the more willingly obeyed since the lodging-houses were far from comfortable. " They were merely places of accommodation for eating and sleeping," Amsinck has recorded ; " and, for the most part, the temporary inhabitants sought no further space in them than what was physically necessary for these purposes." The rest of the day was spent on the Walks, in the Rooms, at Chapel, or in excursions to places of interest in the neigh-