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A Tankard of Ale
Ev'n while these stanzas I indite, The bar-bell's grateful sounds invite
Where joy can never fail. Adieu, my muse ! adieu I haste To gratify my longing taste
With copious draughts of ale.
I LIKES A DROP OF GOOD BEER, I DOES l
By " Barclay Perkins "
Come, neighbours all, both great and small,
Let's perform our duties here, And loudly sing, Long live the King,
For bating the tax on beer :
For I likes a little good beer ; And loudly sing, Long live the King,
For bating the tax on beer.
Some people think distill-e-ry drink
Is wholesome, neat and sheer, But I will contend to my life's end,
There's nothing to tipple like beer :
For I likes a little good beer ; And I will contend to my life's end,
There's nothing to tipple like beer.
1 This admirable song, given in W. T. Marchant's " In Praise of Ale," was written to celebrate the Act in the reign of William IV which reduced the duties on ale.
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