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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Brawn of England’s Lay
 
John Hunter-Duvar (b. 1830)
 
 
THE VILLEINS clustered round the bowl
At merrie Yule to make good cheer,
And drank with froth on beard and jowl:
  “Was-hael to the Thane!
  May never Breton taste our beer,        5
            Nor Dane.”
 
Till the red cock on the chimney crew,
And each man cried with a mighty yawn
As the tapster one more flagon drew:
  “To the Saxon land was-hael!        10
  May we never want for mast-fed brawn
            Nor ale!”
 
The thane took up the stirrup-cup
And blew off the reaming head,
And at one draught he swigged it up        15
And smacked his lips and said:
  “Was-hael to coulter and sword!
  Was-hael to hearth and hall!
  To Saxon land and Saxon lord
            And thrall.”        20
 

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