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Let charming beauty's health go round,            For Bacchus is a friend to Love.
In whom celestial joys are found,                      And he that will this health deny,
And may confusion still pursue                          Down among the dead men let him lie.
The senseless woman-hating crew ;                    M ,ove and w!ne ^ rites mamtah]j
And they that woman's health deny,                 And &^ mhei pleasures ^
Down among the dead men let them he!          ,m., ■ , ». , ,                          ., ■. j
6                                                       While Bacchus treasure crowns the board,
in smiling Bacchus'joys I'll roll,                      We'll sing the joys that both afford ;
Deny no pleasure to my soul;                            And they that won't with us comply,
Let Bacchus' health round briskly move,          Down among the dead men let them lie.
This extremely popular ballad was written and composed by Henry Carey.
Carey's tune is to be found in his Musical Century, ii. 32 ; in Walsh's Dancing Master, vol. ii. 1719; in Tlie Beggari Opera; The Devil to pay; The Fashion­able Lady; The Merry Gobbler; Love in a Riddle; The Rival Milliners; and on numerous half-sheet songs.
The following is the author's account of the origin of the ballad:—
"A vulgar error having prevailed among many persons, who imagine Sally Salisbury the subject of this ballad, the author begs leave to undeceive and assure them it has not the least allusion to her, he being a stranger to her very name at the time this song was composed: for, as innocence and virtue were ever the boundaries of his muse, so, in this little poem, he had no other view than to set forth the beauty of a chaste and disinterested passion, even in the lowest class of human life. The real occasion was this : a shoemaker's 'prentice, making holiday with his sweetheart, treated her with a sight of Bedlam, the puppet-shows, the flying-chairs, and all the elegancies of Moorfields, from whence proceeding to the farthing-pye-house, he gave her a collation of buns, cheesecakes, gammon of bacon, stuffed beef, and bottled ale, through all which scenes the author dodged them. Charmed with the simplicity of their courtship, he drew from what lie had witnessed this little sketch of.nature; but, being then young and obscure, he was very much ridiculed by some of his acquaint­ance for this performance, which nevertheless made its way into the polite world, and limply recompensed him by the applause of the divine Addison, who was pleased more than once to mention it with approbation."
Among the songs printed to Carey's tune are the following:—
1.   "Sally's Lamentation,- or, The Answer to Sally ;" beginning—
" What pity 'tis so bright a thought              I little thought, when you began
Should e'er become so common ;                 To write of charming Sally,
At ev'ry corner brought to naught             That ev'ry brat would sing so soon,
By ev'ry bawling woman.                            ' She lives in our alley.' "
2.   " Sally in our Alley to Billy in Piccadilly; with proper graces to the tune."-" Of all the lads that are so smart                  He is the darling of my heart,
There's none I love like Billy;                   And he lives in Piccadilly," &c.
8. " Sally in her own cloaths;" beginning—
" Of all the mauxes in the land There's none I hate like Sally." 4. " Sally rivall'd by Country Molly;" commencing— " Since Sally's charms so long have been Pray give me leave to raise the song The theme of court and city,                    And praise a girl more pretty.""

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