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image unavailable John Lyly 1554 to 1606
John Lyly
1554-1606


Theme:  Wine, Women, and Song


NOTES:
Canary wine refers to a variety of white wines once popular in the British Isles, ostensibly from the Canary Islands.

Jove (last stanza) is the head god in the Roman universe, and Juno (first stanza) is his queen.
- S. H. Bass  


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Oh, For a Bowl of Fat Canary
John Lyly (1554-1606), English dramatist/poet

Oh, for a bowl of fat Canary,
Rich Palermo, sparkling Sherry,
Some nectar else, from Juno’s dairy;
Oh, these drafts would make us merry!

Oh, for a wench (I deal in faces,
And in other daintier things);
Tickled am I with her embraces,
Fine dancing in such fairy rings.

Oh, for a plump fat leg of mutton,
Veal, lamb, capon, pig, and coney;
None is happy but a glutton,
None an ass but who wants money.

Wines indeed and girls are good,
But brave victuals feast the blood;
For wenches, wine, and lusty cheer,
Jove would leap down to surfeit here.


       
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