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Terry Foreman  •  Link

The New Droll

Come lets drink, the time invites, / winter and cold weather, . . .
Last Line: to king, and every Member.
Poem Title: The new Droll.
Contemporary Copies
Loyal Garland (1673) sig. B6r
THE | LOYAL GARLAND, | Containing choice Songs and Sonnets of | our late unhappy Revolutions. | [single horizontal rule] | Very delightful and profitable, both to this preſent, | and future Ages. | [single horizontal rule] | Publiſhed by S. N. A Lover of Mirth. | The fourth Edition, with Additions. | [device: garland with crown and busts, enclosing text: Fear God, Honor the | King, 1 Pet. 2. 17. | My ſon, fear thou the | LORD, and the King: | and meddle not with | them that are given to | change, Prov. 24.21.1 ] | London, Printed by T. Johnson, for T. Paſſenger at | Thre: Bibles on London-Bridge, 167[3].
References: Wing M79B
ESTC R20011
Textual Notes: 8°; A-H8 [$4 signed (-A1)]

Pagination: 64 leaves, pp. [128]

Contents: A1r title, A1v blank, A2r-v "[rule of type ornaments] | A Table of the Sonnets | contained in this Book.", A3r "[rule of type ornaments] | THE | LOYAL GARLAND.", A3r-H8v text

Running Titles:A2v "THE TABLE.", A3v-H8v "The Loyal Garland."
Notes: The text for this miscellany has largely been set in black letter. The date remains conjectural, as it has been obscured or cut off in the imprint of all existing copies. The identity of "S. N." (see also the 1686 edition) remains unknown. No editions previous to this have been located. Not treated in Case.

[1st ed. by Jan. 1667 not found.]

Michael Robinson  •  Link


Come let’s drink, the time invites,
Winter and cold weather;
For to spend away long nights,
And to keep good wits together.
Better far than cards or dice,
Isaac’s balls are quaint device,
Made up with fan and feather.

Of strange actions on the seas
Why should we be jealous?
Bring us liquor that will please,
And will make us braver fellows
Than the bold Venetian fleet,
When the Turks and they do meet
Within their Dardanellos.

Valentian, that famous town,
Stood the French man’s wonder;
Water they employ’d to drown,
So to cut their troops assunder;
Turein gave a helpless look,
While the lofty Spaniard took
La Ferta and his plunder.

As for water, we disclaim
Mankind’s adversary;
Once it caused the world’s whole frame
In the deluge to miscarry;
And that enemy of joy
Which sought our freedom to destroy
And murder good Canary.

We that drink have no such thoughts,
Black and void of reason:
We take care to fill our vaults
With good wine of every season;
And with many a chirping cup
We blow one another up,
And that’s our only treason.

Hear the squibs and mind the bells,
The fifth of November;
The parson a sad story tells,
And with horror doth remember
How some hot-brain’d traitor wrought
Plots that would have ruin brought
To King and every member.

From the Loyal Garland, 1686
Edited by J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps


Michael Robinson  •  Link

The text appeared first in 1661, but with the fifth and sixth stanzas reversed, as 'A Merry Song,' at p. 93, in:-

Merry drollery, or A Collection of [brace] jovial poems, merry songs, witty drolleries intermix’d with pleasant catches
London : Printed by J.W. for P.H. and are to be sold at the New Exchange ..., [1661?]
[4], 175 p. 8⁰. Wing (2nd ed.), M1860

and at p. 97 in the reprint of 1670:

Merry drollery, complete. Or, A collection of jovial poems, merry songs, witty drolleries, intermixed with pleasant catches. The first part. Collected by W.N. C.B. R.S. J.G. lovers of wit.
London : printed for Simon Miller, at the Star, at the west-end of St. Pauls, 1670.

8vo., [2], 350, [10] p. Initial leaf bears vertical half-title on recto. The second part has divisional title page on leaf O1r.
Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), M1861

See the index in J. Woodfall Ebsworth Ed. & Introd. 'Choyce drollery: songs & sonnets.' Boston Lincolnshire, 1876 @ p. 412

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