Oh, For a Bowl of Fat Canary

By John Lyly John Lyly
Oh, for a bowl of fat Canary,
Rich Palermo, sparkling Sherry,
Some nectar else, from Juno’s dairy;
Oh, these draughts 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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Poet John Lyly

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Eating & Drinking, Activities

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SUBJECT Eating & Drinking, Activities

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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