Of Ale (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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General Information

Title: Of Ale (#11, A Brief Discourse)
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1614 in A brief discourse, no. 11

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Original text and translations

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We take no thought we have no care,
for still we spend, and neuer spare,
till of all money our purse is bare,
we euer tosse the pot.

We drinke carouse with hart most free,
a harty draught I drinke to thee:
Then fill the pot againe to me,
and euer tosse the pot.

And when our money is all spent,
Then sell our goods, and spend our rent,
Or drinke it vp with one consent,
and euer tosse the pot.

When all is gone we haue no more,
Then let vs set it on the score,
Or chalke it vp behinde the dore,
and euer tosse the pot.

And when our credit is all lost,
Then may we goe and kisse the post,
And eat Browne bread in steed of rost,
and euer tosse the pot.

Let vs conclude as we began,
And tosse the pot from man to man,
And drinke as much now as we can,
and euer tosse the pot.