“The Nightcap”


Phoebus, after a tiring ride, unhitches his horses for the night and asks Thetis for something worthwhile to drink. She gives him a cruiskeen of poteen and he goes to sleep happily ignoring the dampness of his bed.


Phoebus (Apollo), among his other tasks, drove the sun. The reference to Thetis is peculiar; as far as I know, she had nothing to do with Apollo. I suspect the reference is rather to Themis, who helped to care for Apollo in his youth. - RBW


  1. Croker-PopularSongs, pp. 92-94, "The Nightcap" (1 text)
  2. BI, CrPS092


Author: Thomas Hamblin Porter (source: Croker-PopularSongs)
Earliest date: c.1820 (written in 1817 and printed in "a Dublin newspaper or magazine," according to Croker-PopularSongs)
Keywords: drink gods horse