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Bring us in good ale

Language: English

Bring us in no brown bread for that is made of bran,
Nor bring us in no white bread for therein is no game,
But bring us in good ale.

Bring us in no beef for there is many bones,
But bring us in good ale for that goes down at once.

Bring us in no bacon, for that is passing fat,
But bring us in good ale for that gives us enough of that.

Bring us in no mutton, for that is often lean,
Nor bring us any tripes for they be seldom clean.

Bring us in no eggys for there are many shells,
But bring us in good ale and bring us nothing else.

Bring us in no butter for there are many hairs,
Nor bring us in no pig's flesh for that will make us bears.

Bring us in no puddings for therein is all God's good,
Nor bring us in no venison for that is not for our blood.

Bring us in no capon flesh for that is often dear,
Nor bring us in no duck flesh for they slobber in the mere,
But bring us good ale.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in a modified version by Peter Warlock.

Set in a modified version by Peter Warlock.

Text added to the website: 2010-12-30.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:10
Line count: 18
Word count: 192

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