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The Ex-ale-tation of ALE, The anciant Lickquor of this REALME.

OR, A cleare definition of its effica­tious opperation in ſeverall Pates, Arts, and Profeſſions.


July 30 London, Printed by T. Badger, 1646.


THE Ex-ale-tation of Ale.

Not drunken, nor ſober, but neighbour to both
I met with a freind in Ales-bury Vale;
Hee ſaw by my face that I was in the caſe
To ſpeake no great harme of a pot of good Ale.
Then did he me greete and ſaid ſince wee meete
(and he put me in mind of the name of the Dale)
For Ales-bury ſake ſome paines I would take
and not bury the praiſe of a pot of good Ale.
The more to procure me, then did he adiure me;
if the Ale I dranke laſt were nappy and ſtale;
To doe it his right and ſtirre up my ſprite
and fall to commend a pot of &c.
Quoth I to commend it I dare not beginne,
leaſt therein my credit might happen to faile
For many men now doe count it a ſin
but once to looke towards a &c.
Yet I care not a pin for I ſee no ſuch ſin
nor any thing elſe my courage to quaile
For this we doe finde that take it in kind
much Vertue there is in a pot &c.
And I meane not the taſt, though thereby much grac't,
nor the merrygodowne without pull or hale,
Perfuming the throate when the ſtomach's afloate
with the fragrant ſent of &c.
Nor yet the delight that comes to the ſight
to ſee how it flowers and mantles in graile;
As green as a leeke with a ſmile in the cheeke
the true orient colour of a &c.
But I meane the mind and the good it doth find,
not only the body ſo feeble and fraile
For body and ſoule may bleſſe the black boule
ſince both are beholden to a &c.
For when heavineſſe the mind doth oppreſſe,
and ſorrow and greife the heart doe aſſaile,
No remedy quicker then to take off your liquor
and to waſh away cares with a &c.
The Widdow that buried her huſband of late
will ſoone have forgotten to weepe and to waile,
And thinke every day twaine till ſhe marry againe,
reade her but the contents of a &c.
It is like a belly blaſt to a cold heart
and warmes and engenders the ſpirits vitale,
To keep them from domage all ſpri'ts owe their homage
to the ſpr'it of the buttry a &c.
And downe to the legs this vertue doth goe,
and to a bad foot man is as good as a ſaile,
When it fills the veines and makes light the braynes
no lackey ſo nimble as a &c.
The naked complaines not for want of a coate,
nor on the cold weather will once turne his tayle,
All the way as he goes he cuts the winde with his noſe,
if he be but well wrapt in a &c.
The hungry man takes no thought for his meat
though his ſtomack would brooke a ten penny naile;
He quite forgets hunger and thinkes on it no longer,
if he touch but the ſparke of a &c.
The poore man will praiſe it, ſo hath he good cauſe,
that all the yeare eates neither Partridge nor Quaile,
But ſets up his reſt and makes up his feaſt
with a cruſt of browne bread and a &c
The Sheapheard, the Sower, the Threſher, the Mower,
the one with his ſcith, the other with his flaile,
Take them out by the poll on the perill of my ſoule
all will hold up their hands to a &c.
The blacke ſmith whoſe bellowes all ſummer doe blowe
with the fier in his face ſtill, without ere a vale,
Though his throate be full dry hee will tell you no lie,
but where you may be ſure of a &c.
Who ever denyes it the priſoner will praiſe it,
that beg at the grate and lie in the goale:
For even in their fetters they thinke themſelves better
may they get but a two penny blacke pot of Ale.
The begger whoſe portion is alwayes his prayer,
not haveing a tatter to hang on his tayle,
Is as rich in his rags as the churle in his bagges,
if he once but ſhakes hands with a &
It drives his poverty cleane out of mind
forgetting his browne bread, his Wallet and Mayle
He walkes in the houſe like a ſixfooted louſe,
if he once be enricht with a &c.
And he that doth digge in the ditches all day,
and wearies himſelfe quite at the plough tayle,
Will ſpeake no leſſe things then of Queens and of Kings
ihe touch but the topp of a &c.
It is a Whetſtone to a blunt wit
and makes a ſupply where nature doth faile
The dulleſt wit ſoone will looke quite through the Moon
if his temples be wet with a &c.
Then Dicke to his darling full boldly dares ſpeake
though before (ſeely fellow) his courage did quaile
He gives her the ſmouch with his hand on his pouch
if he meet by the way with a &c.
And it makes the Carter a Courtier ſtraight-way:
with rhetoricall termes he will tell his tale
With curtiſes great ſtore and his cap up before
being ſchoold but a little with a &c.
The old man whoſe tounge waggs faſter then his teeth
(for old age by nature doth drivel and draile)
Will frigg and fling like a dogg in a ſtring
if he warme his cold blood with a &c.
And the good old Clarke whoſe ſight waxeth darke
and ever he thinks the print is too ſmall,
He will ſee every letter and ſay ſervice better
if he glaze but his eyes with a &c.
The cheeke and the iawes to commend it have cauſe;
for where they were late but even wanne and pale,
They will get them a colour no crimſon is fuller
by the true dye and tincture of a &c.
Marke her enimies though they thinke themſelves wiſe,
how megre they looke with how low a wayle,
How their cheekes doe fall without ſpr'its at all
that alien their minds from a &c.
And now that the graines doe worke in my braynes,
me thinks I were able to give by retale
Commodities ſtore a dozen and more
that flow to mankinde from a pot &c.
The Muſes would muſe any ſhould it miſuſe.
For it makes them to ſing like a Nightingale,
With a lofty trime note having waſhed their throate
with the Caballine ſpring of a &c.
And the Muſician of any condition
it will make him to reach to the top of his ſcale,
It will cleare his pipes and moyſten his lights
if he drinke alternatim a &c.
The Poet divine that cannot reach wine,
becauſe that his mony doth many times faile,
Will hit on the veines to make a good ſtreigne
if he be but inſpired with a &c.
For ballads Elderton never had peere
how went his wit in them with how merry a gale?
And with all his ſailes up, had he been at the cup
and waſhed his beard with a &c.
And the power of it ſhewes no whit leſſe in proſe,
it will fill ones phraſe and ſet forth his tale;
Fill him but a bowle it will make his tongue troule,
for flowing ſpeech flowes from a &c.
And Maſter Philoſopher if he drink his part,
will not trifle his time in the huske or the ſhale,
But goe to the kernell by the depth of his art
to be found in the bottome of a &c.
Give a ſcholar of Oxford a pot of ſixteens
and put him to prove that an Ape hath a tayle,
And ſixteen times better his wit will be ſeene
if you fetch him from Botley a &c.
Thus it helps ſpeech and wit, and it hurts not a whit,
but rather doth further the vertues morale:
Then thinke it not much if a little I touch
the good morall parts of a &c.
To the church and religion it is a good freind,
or elſe our forefathers their wiſdome did faile,
That at every mile next to the church ſtile,
ſet a conſecrate houſe to a &c.
But now as they ſay beere bears all away,
the more is the pitty if right might prevaile;
For with this ſame beere came up hereſies here,
the old Catholike drinke is a &c.
The Churches much owe as we all doe knowe,
for when they be dropping and ready to fall;
By a Whitſon or a Church ale up againe they ſhall goe
and owe their repayring to a &c.
Truth will doe it right, it bringeth truth to light,
and many bad matters it helpes to reveile,
For they that will drinke will ſpeake what they thinke;
Tom tell troth lies hid in a &c.
It is Iuſtices freind, ſhe will it commend,
For all is here ſerved by meaſure and tale,
Now, true tale and good meaſure, are Iuſtices treaſure
and much to the praiſe of a &c.
And next I alledge it is fortitudes edge,
for a very cow-heard that ſhrinkes like a ſnaile,
Will ſweare and will ſwagger and out goes his dagger,
ef A be but arm'd with a &c
Yea Ale hath her Knights and Squiers of degree
that never wore corſlet nor yet ſhirt of maile,
But have fought their fights all twixt the pot and the wall
when once they were dubbed with a &c.
And (ſure) it will make a man ſuddenly wiſe
yer while was ſcarſe able to tell a right tale,
It will open his jaw he will tell you the law
as made a right Preacher of a &c.
Or he that will make a bargaine to gaine
in buying or ſetting his goods forth to ſale,
Muſt not plod in the mire but ſit by the fire
and ſeale up his match with a &c.
But for ſobernes needs muſt I confeſſe
the matter goes hard and few do prevaile
Not to goe to deep but temper to keepe
ſuch is the attractive of a &c.
But here's an amends which will make all freinds
and ever doth tend to the beſt availe,
If you take it too deep it will make you but ſleepe,
ſo comes no great hurt oa &c,
If reeling they happen to fall to the ground,
the fall is not great they may hold by the raile,
If into the water they cannot be drownd,
for that gift is given to a &c.
If drinking about they chance to fall out
feare not the alarame, though fleſh be but fraile,
It will prove but ſome blowes or at moſt a bloody noſe
and freinds againe ſtraight with a &c.
And Phiſick will favour Ale as it is bound
and be againſt beere both tooth and nayle,
They ſend up and down all over the Town
to get for their Patients a &c.
Their Aleberries caudles and poſſets each one
and ſillabubs made at the milking pale,
Although they be many beere comes not in any
but all are compoſ'd with a &c.
And in very deed, the hop's but a weede
brought ore againſt law and here ſet to ſale;
Would the law were renew'd and no more beere brew'd,
but all good men betake them to a &c.
The law, that, will take it under her wing
for at every law day or moote of the hale
One is ſworne to ſerve our Soveraigne the King
in the ancient office of a Conner of Ale
There's never a Lord of Mannour or of Town
by ſtrand or by land by hill or by dale,
But thinke it a franchiſe and flower of the Crowne
to hold the aſſiſe of a &c.
And though their lies writs from the Court Paramount
to ſtay the proceeding of the Court Paravaile,
Law favours it ſo you may come you may go,
there lyes no prohibition to a &c
They talke much of ſtate both earely and late,
but if Gaſcoigne and Spaine their wine ſhould but faile,
No remedy then with us Engliſhmen
but the State it muſt ſtand by a &c.
And they that ſit by it are good men and quiet,
no dangerous plotters in the common-weale
Of treaſon or murder, for they never go further
then to call for and pay for a &c.
To the praiſe of Cambivius that good Brittiſh King
that deviſed for his nation (by the Welſhmens tale)
Seventeen hundred yeares before Chriſt did ſpring
the happy invention of a &c.
But he was a Paynim and Ale then was rife,
yet after Chriſt came and bid us all haile;
St. David tid never trinke Peere in her life
put all Cwwrwwhibley a &c.
The North they will praiſe it and praiſe it with paſſion
where every River gives name to a Dale;
There are yet men living that are of tho'ld faſhion
no Nectar they know but a &c.
The Picts and the Scots for Ale were at lots,
ſo high was the skill and ſo kept under ſeale;
The Picts were undone ſlaine each mothers ſonne
for not teaching the Scots to make Hetheraeale
But hither or thither it skills not much whether,
for drinke muſt be had, men live not by kele
Nor by Haverhannocks nor by Haveriannocks;
the thing the Scots live by is a &c.
Now if you will ſay it J will not deny it,
that many a man it brings to his bale
Yet what fairer end can one wiſh to his freind
then to dye by the dart of a &c.
Yet let not the innocent beare any blame,
it is their own doing to breake ore the pale,
And neither the malt nor the good wife in fault
if any be potted with a &c.
They tell of whom it kills, but ſay not a word
how many a man liveth both ſound and whole,
Though he drinke no beere any day in the yeare,
by the Radicall humour of a &c.
But to ſpeake of killing that am J not willing,
for that in a manner were but to raile;
But Beere hath its name cauſe it brings to the beere,
therefore well fare ſay J to a &c.
Too many I wis with their death proved this,
and therefore if ancient records do not faile
He that firſt brew'd the hop was rewarded with a rope
and found his beere far more bitter then Ale.
O Ale ab alendo thou liquor of life
that I had but a mouth as bigg as a Whale;
For mine is too little to touch the leaſt tittle
that belongs to the praiſe of a &c.
Thus J trow ſome Vertues I have marked you out
and never a vice in all this long trayle;
But that after the pot there commeth a ſhot
and thats th'only blot of a &c.
With that my freind ſaid that blot will I beare
you have done very well it is time to ſtricke ſale;
Weel have ſix pots more though J dye on the ſcore
to make all this good of a pot of good Ale.

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TextThe ex-ale-tation of ale, the anciant lickquor of this realme. Or, A cleare definition of its effecatious operation in severall pates, arts, and professions.
AuthorMews, Peter, 1619-1706..
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Bibliographic informationThe ex-ale-tation of ale, the anciant lickquor of this realme. Or, A cleare definition of its effecatious operation in severall pates, arts, and professions. Mews, Peter, 1619-1706.. [2], 11, [1] p. Printed by T. Badger,London :1646.. (In verse.) (Attributed to the Bishop of Winchester, Peter Mews, by Wing and DNB.) (Annotation on Thomason copy: "July 30".) (Reproduction of the original in the British Library.)
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