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REIGNS OF JAMES I. AND CHARLES I. 269
The following is the before-mentioned song, " The Reformed Drinker, or I'll ne'er be drunk again," also to the tune of Old Sir Simon the King.
Come, my hearts of gold, When with good fellows we meet,
Let us be merry and wise ; A quart among three or four,
It is a proverb of old, 'Twill make us stand on our feet,
Suspicion hath double eyes. While others lie drunk on the floor.
Whatever we sa^ or do, Then, drawer, go fill us a quart,
Let's not drink to disturb the brain ; And let it be claret in grain ;
Let's laugh for an hour or two, 'Twill cherish and comfort the heart—
And ne'er be drunk again. But we'll ne'er be drunk again.
A cup of old sack is good Here's a health to our noble King,
To drive the cold winter away ; And to the Queen of his heart;
'Twill cherish and comfort the blood Let's laugh and merrily sing,
Most when a man's spirits decay: And he's a coward that will start.
But he that drinks too much, Here's a health to our general,
Of his head he will complain ; And to those that were in Spain;
Then let's have a gentle touch, And to our colonel—
And ne'er be drunk again. And we'll ne'er be drunk again.
Good claret was made for man, Enough's as good as a feast,
But man was not made for it; If a man did hut measure know;
• Let's be merry as we can, A drunkard's worse than a beast,
So we drink not away our wit; For he'll drink till he cannot go.
Good fellowship is abus'd, If a man could time recall,
And wine will infect the brain: In a tavern that's spent in vain,
' But we'll have it better us'd, We'd learn to be sober all,
And ne'er be drunk again. And we'd ne'er be drunk again.
THE BEGGAR BOY.
This tune is contained in The Dancing Master, from 1650 to 1690. • The following ballads were sung to it:—
Roxburghe Collection, i. 528—" Trial brings Truth to light; or— The proof a pudding is all in the eating; A dainty new ditty of many things treating: to the tune of The Beggar Boy" by Martin Parker; and beginning— " The world hath allurements and flattering shows, To purchase her lovers' good estimation; Her tricks and devices he's wise that well knows—
The learn'd in this science are taught by probation," &c. The burden is, " The proof of the pudding is all in the eating."
In the Roxburghe Collection, i. 542—" The Beggar Boy of the North— Whose lineage and calling to the world is proclaim'd, Which is to he sung to the tune so nam'd; " beginning— " From ancient pedigree, by due descent,
I well can derive my generation," &c.; and the burden, " And cry, Good, your worship, bestow one token."
In the Roxburghe, i. 450, and Pepys, i. 306—" The witty Western Lasse," &c, " to a new tune called The Beggar Boy:" subscribed Robert Guy. This begins, " Sweet Lucina, lend me thy ayde;" and in the Pepys Collection, i. 310, there is