Fair Mistress, To my lasting sorrow, I learn you leave Lahore tomorrow. Conceive my grief (Experto crede) I've smashed my master's cart already— I've bit my syce. Poor consolation, For your approaching emigration! And, in my stall, I think with fury Of lucky 'tats' in far Mussoorie. Thrice happy beasts, who have the power To bear you out to cool Landour. But, lest their lot should be too pleasant, Accept, I pray, my little present. Spare not to use it when they shirk (As I have shirked) their daily work Their ways shall bring you back, may be, Some memories of your rides on me:— Your evening canters down the drear, White road that leads to Mian Mir, When, hat in hand, with loosened rein, You 'bucketted' along the plain— Remember, if a pony rears, Don't bring the butt down on his ears; And when he shies (as I have shied), A stiff 'rib-bender' on his side Will keep him straight—These few last lines End up my letter—So I signs Myself, as long as I can go, From heel to headstall, Yours, 'Old Joe'