First Night Design | To the Common Drunkard, Falsely Called a Good Fellow


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To the Common Drunkard, Falsely Called a Good Fellow by Thomas Washbourne [1606-1687]

Cannot friends meet but they must drink t’ excess?
Must all your mirth conclude in drunkenness?
Accurst be he brought it in fashion first;
Before ye were content to quench your thirst,
And not exceed three or four cups at most;
Now you carouse till all your reason’s lost,
And like to over-heated Dutch-men, yee
Drink till ye fight, and fall to snicker-snee.
He that invites his friend t’ a drunken feast,
Keeps out the man and entertains the beast:
A feast ’tis not, but a base Bacchanal,
Where the beast man, a. sacrifice doth fall.
Worse then a beaste he is, for no beast will
Be made to drink a drop more then his fill.
But man his belly makes a tun, his brain
A bog, and drinks till up he comes again.
Vile man, whom God next t’ angels did create.
Below a bruit thus to degenerate!
For shame give o’re this most unmanlike sin,
Which too long hath thy daily practise bin,
Redeem thine honour drown’d in ale and wine,
And thy soul settled on the lees, refine:
When thy debauched life thou shalt correct.
Thou happier dales in England maist expect.

via To the Common Drunkard, Falsely Called a Good Fellow by Thomas Washbourne | From Troubles of The World.

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

17 thoughts on “First Night Design | To the Common Drunkard, Falsely Called a Good Fellow

      1. I have to say Sarah, the French – in general – retain a nice healthy attitude to alcohol, they still regard it as something to be savoured and enjoyed for its’ taste and conviviality, not swilled and abused for its’ effect! 😉

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            1. We heard recently that here in Crete fathers actually force their sons to drink raki to make them men. When they grow up, of course, they cause the most problems for the police.

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            2. Here they seem to be forsaking wine and cognac for those horrible sugar filled cocktails! I suppose it’s a problem that will never go away just changes with each generation – I imagine you must have seen too many sad cases in theatreland 😦

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  1. I so agree with your comment to David, “there is nothing better than ‘companionable drinks with pleasant company.’ Doesn’t seem to hold today and that is sad because a great many conversation can be had exploring all sorts of interesting subjects – letting minds wander and drink in thought.

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  2. Very well stated … and penned!…
    These words really resonated with me:
    ¨A feast ’tis not, but a base Bacchanal,
    Where the beast man, a. sacrifice doth fall.
    Worse then a beaste he is, for no beast will
    Be made to drink a drop more then his fill¨…
    Thanks for sharing! .. All my best wishes. Aquileana ⭐

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