“Bring Us Good Ale”


The singer, "for our blessed Lady's sake," demands that the server "Bring us in good ale." Other foods are rejected (e.g. "Bring us in no brown bread, for that is made of bran, And bring us in no white bread, for therein is no gain.")


This is another song that cannot be demonstrated to have circulated in oral tradition. Its prevalence in the printed collections (starting with Ritson), however, argues for its inclusion here -- especially as there are two distinct Middle English texts. - RBW


  1. Stevick-100MEL 82, "(Bryng Us in Good Ale)" (1 text)
  2. Chappell/Wooldridge I, pp. 30-31, "Nowell, Nowell" (1 tune, with a fragment of this text appended)
  4. ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #72, "Bring Us In Good Ale" (1 text)
  5. Brown/Robbins, _Index of Middle English Verse_, #549
  6. BI, MEL82


Author: unknown
Earliest date: c. 1475 (MS. Bodl. 29734)
Keywords: food drink nonballad
Found in: Britain