Praise of Ale

by Ivor Gurney

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Praise of Ale
English source: Frederick William Harvey

Who first did vat and barrel this care-subduing booze
to him I'd raise a carol each sunday did he choose
And he who first invented such liquor for to make
a mortal man contented e'en when his heart doth ache.
To him I'd raise a tower out-topping towers all
Wherein when hops do flower I'd keep his festival.


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