|The Rhyme Maker
Women, and Song
wine refers to a variety of white wines once popular in the British
Isles, ostensibly from the Canary Islands.
(last stanza) is the head god in the Roman universe, and Juno (first
stanza) is his queen.
- S. H. Bass
For a Bowl of Fat Canary
Lyly (1554-1606), English dramatist/poet
for a bowl of fat Canary,
Palermo, sparkling Sherry,
nectar else, from Juno’s dairy;
these drafts would make us merry!
for a wench (I deal in faces,
in other daintier things);
am I with her embraces,
dancing in such fairy rings.
for a plump fat leg of mutton,
lamb, capon, pig, and coney;
is happy but a glutton,
an ass but who wants money.
indeed and girls are good,
brave victuals feast the blood;
wenches, wine, and lusty cheer,
would leap down to surfeit here.
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