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Poem by John Marston


The Nut-Brown Ale


THE nut-brown ale, the nut-brown ale,
Puts down all drink when it is stale!
The toast, the nutmeg, and the ginger
Will make a sighing man a singer.
Ale gives a buffet in the head,
  But ginger under-props the brain;
When ale would strike a strong man dead
  Then nutmeg tempers it again.
The nut-brown ale, the nut-brown ale,
Puts down all drink when it is stale!



                      John Marston


John Marston's other poems:
  1. O Love, How Strangely Sweet
  2. Delicious Beauty that Doth Lie
  3. If Love Be Holy, If That Mystery
  4. The Scourge Of Villainy


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