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A Tankard of Ale
I would have pleasur'd you had there been fountains, I would have pleasur'd you had there been mountains; We'll drink the ocean dry, sack and canary, This is our mistress's health, drink and be merry.
SAINT GILES'S BOWL
By William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-82)
Where Saint Giles's Church stands, once a lazar-house
stood; And chained to its gates was a vessel of wood ; A broad-bottomed bowl, from which all the fine fellows, Who passed by that spot on their way to the gallows, Might tipple strong beer Their spirits to cheer,
And drown in a sea of good liquor all fear !
For nothing the transit to Tyburn beguiles
So well as a draught from the Bowl of Saint Giles !
By many a highwayman many a draught Of nutty-brown ale at Saint Giles's was quaft, Until the old lazar-house chanced to fall down, And the broad-bottomed bowl was removed to the Crown Where the robber may cheer His spirits with beer And drown in a sea of good liquor all fear ! For nothing the transit to Tyburn beguiles, So well as a draught from the Bowl of Saint Giles !
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