The evening was dark when in came the clerk/ With reverence due and submission/ First strok'd his cravat then twirld round his hat/ And bowing prefer'd his petition.

I'm come sir says he, to beg look d'ye see/ Of your reverend worship and glory/ To inter a poor baby with as much speed as may be/ And I'll walk with my lantern before ye.

The body we'll bury but pray where's the hurry,/ I hate to be called from my liquor,/ Bring Moses some beer and bring me some d'ye hear/ Lets drink ere we go says the Vicar

His hat and his cloak, old orthodox took,/ But first cramm'd his jaw with a quid,/ Each tip't off a gill, for fear they should chill,/ And then stagger'd away side by side.

When come to the grave, the clerk humm'd a stave,/ While the surplice was wrapped round the priest,/ Where so droll was the figure of Moses & Vicar,/ That the Parish still talk of the jest."


" /> Printed British Pottery & Porcelain | mug

Additional Image:

The wobbly lines of verse indicate that the piece was printed by glue bat. The print stretches 17 cm around the mug, and a floppy glue bat as wide as this would have been difficult to keep straight when rolling it around a pot.   


Detail of the wobbly lines.


Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Genre Scenes

Date: c. 1788-1797


  • Diameter: 4.21 in (10.70 cm)
  • Height: 6.34 in (16.10 cm)
  • Length: 6.14 in (15.60 cm)

Maker: Ralph Wedgwood

Maker's Mark:

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Creamware mug made by Ralph Wedgwood, probably at the Hill Pottery, Burslem, marked 'WEDGWOOD & CO' and printed with The Vicar and Moses. The joke for the user, as he sat drinking the two pints of beer which the mug holds, is about a drunken priest and his clerk going to bury a dead baby. This 18th century sense of humor seems worlds away...