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THE ROAST BEEF OF OLD ENGLAND, by            
First Line: Our fathers of old were robust, stout, and strong
Last Line: And o, the old english roast beef!
Alternate Author Name(s): Loveridge, Richard
Subject(s): Beef; Courage; England; Food & Eating; Patriotism; Valor; Bravery; English


Our fathers of old were robust, stout, and strong,
And kept open house with good cheer all day long,
Which made their plump tenants rejoice in this
song.
O, the Roast Beef, etc.

When good Queen Elizabeth sat on the throne,
Ere coffee and tea, and such slip-slops, were
known,
The world was in terror, if e'en she did frown.
O, the Roast Beef, etc.

In those days, if fleets did presume on the main,
They seldom or never returned back again;
As witness the vaunting Armada of Spain.
O, the Roast Beef, etc.

O, then we had stomachs to eat and to fight,
And when wrongs were cooking, to set ourselves
right;
But now we 're -- hum ? -- I could, but -- good night;
O, the Roast Beef of old England,
And O, the old English Roast Beef!




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