A Collection of English Poems, 1660-1800

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HENRY FIELDING
(1707-1728-1754)

The Roast Beef of Old England1

WHEN mighty rost Beef was the Englishman's Food,
It enobled our Hearts, and enriched our Blood;
Our Soldiers were brave, and our Courtiers were good.
Oh the Rost Beef of Old England,

And Old England's Rost Beef! 5

Then, Britons, from all nice Dainties refrain,
Which effeminate Italy, France, and Spain;
And mighty Rost Beef shall command on the Main.
Oh the Rost Beef, &c.


Hunting Song2

THE dusky Night rides down the Sky,
And ushers in the Morn;
The Hounds all join in glorious Cry,
The Huntsman winds his Horn:

And a Hunting we will go. 5

The Wife around her Husband throws
Her Arms, and begs his Stay;
My Dear, it rains, and hails, and snows,
You will not hunt to-day.

But a Hunting we will go. 10

A brushing Fox in yonder Wood,
Secure to find we seek;
For why, I carry'd sound and good
A Cartload there last Week.

And a Hunting we will go. 15

Away he goes, he flies the Rout,
Their Steeds all spur and switch;

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1
Published in Don Quixote in England, 1733, Act. I. Text of first edition.
2
Published in Don Quixote in England, 1733. Act II. Text of first edition.

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