Down with Bacchus


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Another politically geared English Drinking Song by Henry Purcell. The animosity between the English and the French is obvious.


Down, down with Bacchus:
From this hour
Renounce the grape’s tyranick pow’r;

Whilst in our large,
Large confed’rate bowl,
And mingling vertue cheer the soul.

Down with the French,
March on to Nantz,
For whose dear sake we’ll conquer France;

And when th’inspiring cups swell high,
Their hungry juice with score,
With scorn defy.

Rouse royal boys, your forces join,
To rout the Monsieur and his wine;
Then the next year our bowl shall be quaff’d,
Quaff’d under the vines in Burgundy.

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