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8. We for a certainty are not the first
Have sat in taverns while the tempest hurled
Their hopeful plans to emptiness, and cursed
Whatever brute and blackguard made the world.
It is in truth iniquity on high
To cheat our sentenced souls of aught they crave,
And mar the merriment as you and I
Fare on our long fool’s-errand to the grave.
(God & Grave & Alcohol & Pub & Taverns) A E Housman, Poem IX stanzas III & IV
97. God made the wicked Grocer
For a mystery and a sign,
That men might shun the awful shops
And go to inns to dine. (God & Taverns & Pub & Epigram) G K Chesterton 1874-1936
98. Thou hast saved me a thousand marks in inks and torches, walking with thee in the night betwixt tavern and tavern. (Tavern & Pub) William Shakespeare, I Henry IV III iii 40-42, Sir John to Russell
42,925. Would I were in an alehouse in London. I would give all my fame for a pot of ale, and safety. (Alcohol & Tavern & Pub) William Shakespeare, Henry V III ii 12-13, Boy to Pistol et al
99. There is a tavern in the town,
And there my dear love sits him down. (Tavern & Pub & Town) Traditional shanty
42,875. Souls of poets dead and gone,
What Elysium have ye known,
Happy field or mossy cavern,
Choicer than the Mermaid Tavern?
Have ye tippled drink more fine
Than mine host’s Canary wine? (Alcohol & Tavern & Drink & Wine & Pub) John Keats, Lines on the Mermaid Tavern 1820
42,913. There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn. (Alcohol & Tavern & Pub) Samuel Johnson
42,948. I desire to end my days in a tavern drinking,
May some Christian hold for me the glass when I am shrinking;
That the Cherubim may cry, when they see me sinking,
God be merciful to a soul of this gentlemen’s way of thinking. (Alcohol & Tavern) Author unknown
42,966. Dear Mother, dear Mother, the Church is cold,
But the Ale-house is healthy & pleasant & warm;
Besides I can tell where I am used well,
Such usage in heaven will never do well.
But if at the Church they would give us some Ale,
And a pleasant fire our souls to regale,
We'd sing and we'd pray all the live-long day,
Nor ever once wish from the Church to stray.
Then the Parson might preach, & drink, & sing,
And we'd be as happy as birds in the spring;
And modest dame Lurch, who is always at Church,
Would not have bandy children, nor fasting, nor birds.
And God, like a father rejoicing to see
His children as pleasant and happy as he,
Would have no more quarrel with the Devil or the Barrel,
But kiss him, & give him both drink and apparel. (Alcohol & Church & Tavern & Pub & Drink & Beer) William Blake, The Little Vagabond
43,613. The Revolution had begun, and the taverns held centre stage. (Beer & Tavern & Pub) How Beer Saved the World
43,633. And from thence, when the brethren heard of us, they came to meet us as far as Appii forum, and The three taverns: whom when Paul saw, he thanked God, and took courage. (Pub & Tavern) Acts 28:15
96,656. It is inevitable, so long as men have to live and work under such heartbreaking, uninteresting conditions as at present that a certain proportion of them will seek forgetfulness and momentary happiness in the tavern, and the only remedy for this evil is to remove the cause. (Work & Tavern & Pub) Robert Tressell, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist
96,662. They called at all the taverns on the road … There was an automatic penny-in-the-slot piano at the Blue Lion and as that was the last house of the road they made a rather long stop there, playing hooks and rings, shove-ha’penny, drinking, singing, dancing and finally quarrelling. (Tavern & Pub) ibid.