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REIGNS OF JAMES I. AND CHARLES I.                                 289
To plump Bess, her sister, I drink down this    Hot Coles is on fire, and fain would be
CUP:                                                    [up;            quench'd; -                              [drench'd:
Birlackins, my masters, each man must take't    As well as his horses, the groom must be
"Tis foul play, I bar it, to simper and sup,           Who's else? let him speak, if his thirst he'd
When such a health goes round.                              have stench'd,
. ,          , , ' ^         ..,         r_ ,                 Or have his health go round.
And now, helter-skelter, to th rest of the house:
The most are good fellows, and love to carouse; And now t0 the women, -who must not be coy:
Who's not, may go sneck-up; * he's not worth a A 8lass> Mistress Cary, you know's hut a toy;
louse                                                              Come, come, Mistress Sculler, no perdonnex
That stops a health i' th' round.                               mo!/>
It must, it must go round.
To th' clerk, so he'll learn to drink in the morn;                                                                    [sop;
To Heynous, that stares when he has quaft up    Dame Nell, so you'll drink, we'll allow you a
his horn;                                                        Up with't, Mary Smith, in your draught never
To Philip, by whom good ale ne'er was forlorn;           stop;                                                [drop,
These lads can drink a round.                          Law, there now, Nan German has left ne'er a
And so must all the round. John Chandler! come on, here's some warm
beer for you;                                               Jane, Joan, Goody Lee, great Meg, and the
A health to the man that this liquor did brew:            less,
Why Hewet! there's for thee; nay take't, 'tis    You must not he squeamish, but do as did Bess:
thy due,                                                       How th' others are nam'd, if I could but guess,
But see that it go round.                                       I'd call thein to the round.
And now, for my farewell, I drink up this quart, To you, lads and lasses, e'en with all my heart; May I find you ever, as now when we part, Each health still going round.
MALL PEATLY.
This tune is contained in Bellerophon, of Lust tot Wyshed, Amsterdam, 1622; in the seventh and later editions of The Dancing Master.; in Apollo's Banquet; and in several of the ballad-operas.
In Bellerophon, the first part is in common time, and the second in triple, like a cushion dance; but it is not so in any of the above-named English copies, which, however, are of later date.
D'Urfey wrote to it a song entitled Gillian of Croydon (see Pills to purge Melanclwly, ii. 46), and it is to be found under that name in some of the ballad-operas, such as The JFashionable Lady, or Harlequin's Opera, 1730; Sylvia, or The Country Burial, 1731; The Jealous Clown, 1730; &c. There are also several songs to it in the Collection of State Songs sung at the, Mug-houses in London and Westminster, 1716. In Apollo's Banquet, the tune is entitled The Old Marinett, or Mall Peatly ; in Gay's Achilles, Moll Peatly.
Mall is the old abbreviation of Mary. (See Ben Jonson's Miglish Grammar.)
In Bound about our coal-fire, or Christmas Entertainments (7th edit., 1734), it is said, in allusion to Christmas, " This time of year being cold and frosty,
■ Sir Walter Scott prints this "sneake-up:" I sup- equivalent to "go and be hanged." pose it should be "snecke-up"a common expression,