Traditional, c. 1687
In praise of a dairy I purpose to sing,|
But all things in order, first, God save the King!*
And the Queen, I may say,
That every May-day,
Has many fair dairy-maids all fine and gay.
Assist me, fair damsels, to finish my theme,
Inspiring my fancy with strawberry cream.
2. The first of fair dairy-maids, if you'll believe,
3. In that age or time there was no horrid money,
4. Amongst the rare virtues that milk does produce,|
For a thousand of dainties it's daily in use:
Now a pudding I'll tell 'ee,
And so can maid Nelly,
Must have from good milk both the cream and the jelly:
For a dainty fine pudding, without cream or milk,
Is a citizen's wife, without satin or silk.
5. In the virtues of milk there is more to be mustered:
6. Both pancake and fritter of milk have good store,
The praise of a dairy to tell you I mean,
But all things in order, first God save the Queen.
** No doubt the original word in these places was SACK, as in Chappell's copy - but what would a peasant understand by SACK?
Dryden's receipt for a sack posset is as follows:
From fair Barbadoes, on the western main,
Fetch sugar half-a-pound: fetch sack, from Spain,
A pint: then fetch, from India's fertile coast,
Nutmeg, the glory of the British toast.
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