Little Barley​-​Corne

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An old ballad about beer, and its virtues.


Come and do not musing stand, if thou the truth discerne
But take a full cup in thy hand, and thus begin to learne
Not of the Earth, nor of the Ayre, at evening or at morne,
But joviall boyes, your Christmas keep
With a little Barley-Corne

It is the cunningest alchymist, that ere was in the land
‘Twill change your mettle, when it list, in turning of a hand
Your blushing gold to silver wan, your silver into brasse
‘Twill turn a tailor to a man,
And a man into an asse

‘Twill make a weeping widow laugh, and soon incline to pleasure
‘Twill make an old man leave his staff, and dance a youthful measure
And though your clothes be ne’er so bad, all ragged, rent and torne
Against the cold you may be clad
With a little Barley-Corne

‘Twill make a miser prodigall, and show himself kind-hearted
‘Twill make him never grieve at all, that from his coin hath parted
‘Twill make a shepherd to mistake his sheep before a storme
‘Twill make the poet to excel:
This little Barley-Corne


from Wassail!, released December 16, 2016



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"Conspiratio" is the latin word for harmony. It literally means "breathing together". It also means conspiracy. We conspire solely to amuse ourselves and others with very old songs, mostly about drinking!

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