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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.
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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.
Themes: food; drink
Genres: comic verse
References: DMI 27764

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Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764. A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. V. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 293-294. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.005) (Page images digitized by the Eighteenth-Century Poetry Archive from a copy in the archive's library.)

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