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Thread #93815   Message #2697245
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
10-Aug-09 - 05:28 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: 'juice of barley', song from about 1690
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'juice of barley', song from about 1690
Up above there is a link to Bruce Olson's old website and the song "The Little Barly-Corne."
Like "A Cup of Old Stingo," it has many verses; here are the first three:

Come, and doe not musing stand,
If thou the truth discerne,
But take a full cup in thy hand,
And thus begin to learne--
Not of the earth, nor of the ayre,
at evening or at morn--
But jovial boyes your Christmas keep,
with the little Barly-Corne.

It is the cunningst alchhymist
that ere was in the land;
'Twill change your mettle, when it list,
in turning of a hand--
Your blushing gold to silver wan,
your silver into brasse--
'Twill turne a taylor to a man,
and a man into an asse.

"Twill make a poor man rich, to hang
a signe before his doore;
And those that doe the pitcher bang,
though rich, 'twill make them poore;
'Twill make the silliest pooest snake
the King's great Porter scorne;
'Twill make the stoutest lubber weak,
this little Barly-Corne.