Early English Poetry, Ballads and Popular Literature of the Middle Ages

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Page 55 - LET us drink and be merry, dance, joke, and rejoice, With claret and sherry, theorbo and voice! The changeable world to our joy is unjust, All treasure's uncertain, Then down with your dust! In frolics dispose your pounds, shillings, and pence, For we shall be nothing a hundred years hence.
Page xxviii - Bacchus and his story ; the carpenters that of Joseph and Mary ; Vulcan, and what related to him, was acted by the smiths ; and the comedy of Ceres,- the goddess of corn, was acted by the bakers.
Page xi - Which most t' admire, Hall, hobby-horse, or Bow !" * The same MS. contains the following stanza set to music, which was written on Charles the First's peremptory dismissal of his queen's French servants, in the summer of 1626. They had so tired his patience, that in a letter to Buckingham he says, " I command you to send all the French away out of town.
Page xxxix - From Paul's I went, to Eton sent, To learn straightways the Latin phrase, Where fifty-three stripes given to me At once I had. For fault but small, or none at all, It came to pass thus beat I was; See, Udal, see the mercy of thee To me, poor lad.
Page iv - Containing the Description (and also the Sculptures) of the Pageants and the whole Solemnity of the Day. All set forth at the Cost and Charge of the Honourable Company of Goldsmiths.
Page xxviii - Squire bayliffs, wherein the Taylors acted the part of Adam and Eve; the Shoemakers represented the story of Crispin and Crispianus; the Vintners acted Bachus (sic) and his story; the Carpenters that of Joseph and Mary; Vulcan, and what related to him, was acted by the Smiths; and the comedy of Ceres, the goddess of corn, by the Bakers.
Page 54 - Whose lightness and brightness doth shine in such splendour That none but the stars Are thought fit to attend her, Though now she be pleasant and sweet to the sense, Will be damnable mouldy a hundred years hence.
Page 57 - Amongst his jovial crew ; Or who first gave the devil horns, Which cannot but be true. A fisherman did boldly tell, And strongly did avouch, He caught a shole of mackerell, They...
Page 37 - Guildhall, and daily increased by the free contribution of those that were well-affected to the parliament cause; where not only the wealthiest citizens and gentlemen who were near -dwellers brought in their large bags and goblets, but the poorer sort, like that widow in the gospel, presented their mites also ; insomuch that it was a common jeer of men disaffected to the cause, to call it the thimble and bodkin army.
Page 54 - West, for making and selling a sort of liquor called coffee, as a great nuisance and prejudice to the neighbourhood, &c.

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