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Good Ale.

I CAN not eat but little meat

My stomach is not good; But sure,

I think that I can drink
With him that wears a hood.
Though I go bare, take ye no care,

I am nothing a-cold-
I stuff my skin so full within

Of jolly good ale and old.
Back and side go bare, go bare;

Both foot and hand go cold ; But, belly, God send thee good ale enough,

Whether it be new or old !

I love no roast but a nut-brown toasty

And a crab laid in the fire;
A little bread shall do me stead-

Much bread I not desire.
No frost or snow, nor wind, I trow,

Can hurt me if I wold-
I am so wrapt, and thorowly lapt

Of jolly good ale and old.
Back and side go bare, go bare;

Both foot and hand go cold ; But, belly, God send thee good ale enough,

Whether it be new or old !

And Tyb, my wife, that as her life

Loveth well good ale to seek,
Full oft drinks she, till you may see

The tears run down her cheek;
Then doth she trowl to me the bowl,

Even as a malt-worm should; And saith, “Sweetheart, I took my part

Of this jolly good ale and old.”

Back and side go bare, go bare;

Both foot and hand go cold ;
But, belly, God send thee good ale enough,

Whether it be new or old !

Now let them drink till they nod and wink,

Even as good fellows should do;
They shall not miss to have the bliss

Good ale doth bring men to;
And all poor souls that have scoured bowls,

Or have them lustily trowled,
God save the lives of them and their wives,

Whether they be young or old !
Back and side go bare, go bare ;

Both foot and hand go cold ;
But, belly, God send thee good ale enough,
Whether it be new or old !



ACCEPT, thou shrine of my dead saint,
Instead of dirges, this complaint;
And for sweet flowers to crown thy hearse
Receive a strew of weeping verse
From thy grieved friend, whom thou might'st see
Quite melted into tears for thee.

Dear loss! since thy untimely fate,
My task hath been to meditate
On thee, on thee; thou art the book,
The library whereon I look,
Though almost blind; for thee (loved clay)
I languish out, not live, the day,
Using no other exercise
But what I practice with mine eyes,

By which wet glasses I find out
How lazily Time creeps about
To one that mourns; this, only this,
My exercise and business is :
So I compute the weary hours
With sighs dissolved into showers.

Nor wonder if



thus Backward and most preposterous; Thou hast benighted me; thy set This eve of blackness did beget, Who wast my day (though overcast Before thou hadst thy noontide passed), And I remember must in tears Thou scarce hadst seen so many years As day tells hours: by thy clear sun My love and fortune first did run:

But thou wilt never more appear
Folded within my hemisphere,
Since both thy light and motion
Like a fled star is fallen and gone,
And 'twixt me and my soul's dear wish
The earth now interposèd is,
Which such a strange eclipse doth maka
As ne'er was read in almanac.

I could allow thee for a time

To darken me and my sad clime:
Were it a month, or year, or ten,
I would thy exile live till then.
And all that space my mirth adjourn,
So thou wouldst promise to return,
And, putting off thy ashy shroud,
At length disperse this sable cloud!

But woe is me! the longest date
Too narrow is to calculate

These empty hopes: never shall I
Be so much blessed as to descry
A glimpse of thee, till that day come
Which shall the earth to cinders doom,
And a fierce fever must calcine
The body of this world like thine,
(My little world !) that fit of fire
Once off, our bodies shall aspire
To our souls' bliss: then we shall rise,
And view ourselves with clearer eyes
In that calm region where no night
Can hide us from each other's sight.

Meantime thou hast her, Earth: much good
May my harm do thee! Since it stood
With Heaven's will I might not call
Her longer mine, I give thee all
My short-lived right and interest
In her whom living I loved best;
With a most free and bounteous grief
I give thee what I could not keep.
Be kind to her, and, prithee, look
Thou write into thy doomsday book
Each parcel of this Rarity
Which in thy casket shrined doth lie.
See that thou make thy reckoning straight,
And yield her back again by weight:
For thou must audit on thy trust
Each grain and atom of this trust,
As thou wilt answer Him that lent,
Not gave thee, my dear monument.
So, close the ground, and 'bout her shade
Black curtains draw: my bride is laid.

Sleep on, my love, in thy cold bed
Never to be disquieted!

My last good-night! Thou wilt not wake
Till I thy fate shall overtake:
Till age or grief or sickness must
Marry my body to that dust
It so much loves, and fill the room
My heart keeps empty in thy tomb.
Stay for me there: I will not fail
To meet thee in that hollow vale.
And think not much of my delay;
I am already on the way,
And follow thee with all the speed
Desire can make, or sorrows breed.
Each minute is a short degree,

every hour a step toward thee.
At night when I betake to rest,
Next morn I rise nearer my west
Of life, almost by eight hours' sail,
Than when Sleep breathed his drowsy gale.
Thus from the sun my bottom steers,
And my day's compass downward bears;
Nor labor I to stem the tide
Through which to thee I swiftly glide.

'T is true, with shame and grief I yield;
Thou, like the van, first took’st the field,
And gotten hast the victory,
In thus adventuring to die
Before me, whose more years might crave
A just precedence in the grave.
But harkl my pulse, like a soft drum,
Beats my approach, tells thee I come;
And slow howe'er my marches be,

shall at last sit down by thee.

The thought of this bids me go on,
And wait my dissolution
With hope and comfort. Dear (forgive
The crime) I am content to live,

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