Social Fellow, The
DESCRIPTION: "Come push the bowl about and ne'er mind the score, When that is gone my boys we'll call for more And he that will not merry be shall ne'er taste of joys, See, see the game's in view, hark forward my brave boys" Various toasts.
EARLIEST DATE: before 1820 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 12(101))
KEYWORDS: drink nonballad
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Williams-Thames, p. 89, "Push the Bowl About" (1 text) (also Wiltshire-WSRO Ox 297)
Bodleian, Harding B 12(101), "The Social Fellows" ("Come push the bowl about and ne'er mind the score"), J. Pitts (London), 1802-1819; also Harding B 25(1794), "The Social Fellows"; Harding B 28(73), 2806 c.17(394), Harding B 17(290a), Harding B 17(290b), Harding B 11(2715), "The Social Fellow"
cf. "Landlord, Fill the Flowing Bowl" (theme: drink and good fellowship)) and references there
NOTES [73 words]: The toasts villify misers -- "the worst in the world" -- and has a health to "your favorite lass." The Bodleian broadsides toasts add absent friends, sailors, "George our King ... Likewise his consort Charlotte our queen."
Bodleian broadside reference to George and Charlotte is George III (reigned 1760-1820) and Charlotte (d.1818); one broadside replaces the Charlotte reference with "And may good Trade and Liberty in Britain remain." - BS
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