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A Tankard of Ale
' GOOD ALE FOR MY MONEY «
By Lawrence Price (fl. 1625-1680?)
THE Good Fellows resolution of strong aley That cures his nose from looking pale.
Be merry, my Friends, and list a while
Unto a merry jest; It may from you produce a smile,
When you heare it expressed,— Of a young man lately married,
Which was a boone good fellow, This song in his head he alwaies carried
When drink had made him mellow :
I cannot go home, nor I will not go home, It's long of the oyle of Barley ;
I'll tarry all night for my delight, And go home in the morning early.
No Tapster stout, or Vintner fine,
Quoth he, shall ever get One groat out of this purse of mine,
To pay his master's debt: Why should I deal with starking Rookes,
That seeke poor gulls to cozen, To give twelve pence for a quart of wine ?
Of ale 'twill buy a dozen. I cannot go home, etc.
1 From the Roxburghe Ballads. To the tune of "The Countrey Lasse."