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Yes, we are smartphone developers and we love creating best-selling iPhone and Android apps, but we also love our home city. We have recently stumbled upon this great poem by John Bancks, which is bang on the money in describing our beautiful, one and only London.   
 
Surprisingly enough, if you type in John Bancks &/or A Description of London, you wouldn't be able to find the poem, so we hope this page would be a lot easier to find.
 
Enjoy. 
  
A Description of London by John Bancks [1738]
 
Houses, churches, mixed together,
Streets unpleasant in all weather;
Prisons, palaces contiguous,
Gates, a bridge, the Thames irriguous.
 
Gaudy things enough to tempt ye,
Showy outsides, insides empty;
Bubbles, trades, mechanic arts,
Coaches, wheelbarrows and carts.
 
Warrants, bailiffs, bills unpaid,
Lords of laundresses afraid;
Rogues that nightly rob and shoot men,
Hangmen, aldermen and footmen.
 
Lawyers, poets, priests, physicians,
Noble, simple, all conditions:
Worth beneath a threadbare cover,
Villainy bedaubed all over.
 
Women black, red, fair and grey,
Prudes and such as never pray,
Handsome, ugly, noisy, still,
Some that will not, some that will.
 
Many a beau without a shilling,
Many a widow not unwilling;
Many a bargain, if you strike it:

This is London! How d'ye like it?  


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