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GUEST,John P Origins: Bring us in Good Ale / Bring Us Good Ale (16) RE: Tune Discussion: Bring us in Good Ale 23 Nov 14

I've never heard the chorus, which you are referring to as the first two phrases, used for Bring Us In Good Ale. Many years ago, though, I recorded the Christmas carol version, The Salutation of the Angel. It's really an Annunciation song more than a Christmas song. You can hear a little piece of it at CD Baby; unfortunately the clip doesn't include any of the chorus in question. When we recorded it we had found a version in Chappell's Old English Popular Music that goes from 3/4 time to 4/4 in the sixth measure of the chorus.

My favorite thing about Salutation of the Angel is how Mary tells the angel that she's a virgin after being told she's going to give birth: "By what manner should I child bear, the which, ever a maid, have lived chaste all my life past and never man assayed?"

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