Bring us in good ale (Gustav Holst)

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  • CPDL #24961:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2011-11-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Bring us in good ale
Composer: Gustav Holst

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1919

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Original text and translations

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Bring us in good ale, and bring us in good ale;
For our Blessed Lady's sake, bring us in good ale.

Bring us in no brown bread, for that is made of bran,
Nor bring us in no white bread, there therein is no game;
But bring us in good ale.

Bring us in no beef, for there is many bones,
But bring us in good ale, for that goes down at once;
And bring us in good ale.

Bring us in no bacon, for that is passing fat,
But bring us in good ale, and give us enough of that;
And bring us in good ale.

Bring us in no mutton, for that is often lean,
Nor bring us in no tripes, for they be seldom clean.

Bring us in no eggys, for there are many shells,
But bring us in good ale, and give us nothing else.

Bring us in no butter, for there are many hairs;
Nor bring us in no pig's flesh, for that will make us bears.

Bring us in no puddings, for therein is all God's good;
Nor bring us in no venison, for that is not for our blood;
But bring us in good ale.

Bring us in no capon's flesh, for that is often dear;
Nor bring us in no duck's flesh, for they slobber in the mere;
But bring us in good ale.