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REIGN OF CHARLES II.
499
All you that to feasting and mirth are
inclin'd,                          [your mind,
Come, here is good news for to pleasure
Old Christmas is come for to keep open
house,
He scorns to be guilty of starving a mouse:
Then come, boys, and welcome of diet the
chief,                          [and roast-beef.
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies,
A long time together he hatli been forgot, They scarce could afford for to hang on
the pot;                                    [been,
Such miserly sneaking in England hath As by our forefathers ne'er us'd to be seen; But now he's returned you shall have in
brief,                          [and roast-beef.
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies,
The times were ne'er good since Old
Christmas was fled, And all hospitality hath been so dead, No mirth at our festivals late did appear, They scarcely would part with a cup of
March beer; But now you shall have for the ease of
your grief,                 [and roast-beef.
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies,
The butler and baker, they now may be
glad,                         [have been bad;
The times they are mended, though they
The brewer, he likewise may be of good
cheer,                             [strong beer,
He shall have good trading for ale and
All trades shall be jolly, and have for
relief,                         [and roast-beef.
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies,
The holly and ivy about the walls wind, And show that we ought to our neigh­bours be kind, Inviting each other for pastime and sport, And where we best fare, there we most
do resort, Wa fail not of victuals, and that of the chief,                          [and roast-beef.
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies,
The cooks shall be busied by day and by
night,                                   [delight ;
In roasting and boiling, for taste and
Their senses in liquor that's nappy they'll
steep,                                      [sleep;
Though they be afforded to have little
They still are employed for to dress us, in
brief,                          [and roast-beef.
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies,
Although the cold weather doth hunger provoke,                                [smoke;
'Tis a comfort to see how the chimneys do
Provision is making for beer, ale, and wine,
For all that are willing or ready to dine;
Then haste to the kitchen for diet the chief,                         [and roast-beef.
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies,
All travellers as they do pass on their way, At gentlemen's halls are invited to stay, Themselves to refresh, and their horses to.
rest,                                         [guest,
Since that he must be Old Christmas's Nay, the poor shall not want, but have for
relief                         [and roast-beef.
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies,
Now Mock-beggar-hall it no more shall
stand empty,                          [plenty,
But all shall be furnisht with freedom and
The hoarding old misers who us'd to
preserve                         [poor starve,
The gold in their coffers, and see the
Must now spread their tables, and give
them in brief            [and roast-beef.
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies,
The court, and the city, and country, are
glad                                           [sad ;
Old Christmas is come to cheer up the
Broad pieces and guineas about now shall
And hundreds be losers by cogging a die,
Whilst others are feasting with diet the
chief,                         [and roast-beef.
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies,
Those that have no coin at the cards for
to play, May sit by the fire, and pass time away, And drink off their moisture contented and free,                               [to thee,"
" My honest good fellow, come, here is And when they are hungry, fall to their
relief                         [and roast-beef.
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies,
Young gallants and ladies shall foot it along,                              [shall throng,
Each room in the house to the music. Whilst jolly carouses about they shall
pass,                                    [his lass;
And each country swain trip about with Meantimes goes the caterer to fetch in the
chief,                          [and roast-beef.
Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies,
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