1 LONG time did a silly old proverb prevail,
2 That meat, drink, and cloth were all found in good ale;
3 'Till a lover of truth went on purpose to Hull,
4 And to try the experiment drank his skin full.
5 He began to see visions, his head it turn'd round,
6 'Till off from his keffal he fell on the ground:
7 There in trances profound our philosopher mellow
8 Lay all night in the snow consulting his pillow.[Page 294]
9 Oracular vapours give prophecy birth,
10 As Plutarch reports, springing out of the earth.
11 Whether this was the cause, or however inspir'd,
12 Our sage gave a sentence will be ever admir'd.
13 'Twas this — I pronounce that good ale is good meat,
14 For I find, I have no inclination to eat:
15 That good ale is good cloth, you may honestly boast,
16 For i' faith! I'm as blithe and as warm as a toast:
17 But to call it good drink — is a lye, I'll be sworn,
18 For I ne'er was so dry since the hour I was born.
19 The cloth, cries a punster who chanc'd to come by,
20 Must be a good drap, if it kept you so dry.
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Title (in Source Edition): HULL ALE.
Author: William Taylor
Themes: food; drink
Genres: comic verse
References: DMI 27764
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- The DROPSICAL MAN. ()
- FEMALE CAUTION. ()
- GRACE and NATURE. ()
- The MISTAKE. ()
- PENANCE. ()
- A very gallant Copy of VERSES, (but somewhat silly) upon the Ladies, and their fine Cloaths at a Ball. ()