Ale and tobacco (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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Editor: Christian Mondrup (submitted 1999-05-17).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Ale and Tobacco
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1614 in A brief discourse, no. 12

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Original text and translations

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Tobacco fumes away
all nastie rheumes,
But health away
it never lightly frets,
And nappy Ale makes mirth
(as April raine doth Earth)
Like the pleasant spring,
where ere it soaking wets.
But in that spring of mirth
such madnes hye doth growe,
As fills a foole by birth
with crochets, with Ale and Tobacco.
One cleares the braine,
the other glads the heart,
Which they retaine,
by nature and by art:
The first by nature cleares,
by Arte makes giddy will,
The last by nature cheares,
by Art makes heady still.
So we, whose Braynes els lowe
swell hye with crotchet rules,
Feed on these two,
as fat as headdy giddy fooles.