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Ballad on Ale
Come, butler, come, bring us a bowl of the best; I hope your soul in heaven will rest; But if you do bring us a bowl of the small, Then down fall butler, and bowl and all.
THE NUT-BROWN ALE *
By John Marston (1575?1634)
The nut-brown ale, the nut-brown ale, Puts down all drink when it is stale ! The toast, the nutmeg, and the ginger Will make a sighing man a singer. Ale gives a buffet in the head,
But ginger under-props the brain ; When ale would strike a strong man dead
Then nutmeg tempers it again. The nut-brown ale, the nut-brown ale, Puts down all drink when it is stale !
BALLAD ON ALE
By John Gay (1685-1732)
While some in epic strains delight, While others pastorals invite,
As taste or whim prevail; Assist me, all ye tuneful Nine, Support me in the great design
To sing of nappy ale.
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