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Merry Christmas to All

A Hymn on the Nativity of My Savior

I sing the birth was born tonight,
The Author both of life and light;
The angels so did sound it,
And like the ravished shepherds said,
Who saw the light, and were afraid,
Yet searched, and true they found it.

The Son of God, the eternal King,
That did us all salvation bring,
And freed the soul from danger;
He whom the whole world could not take,
The Word, which heaven and earth did make,
Was now laid in a manger.

The Father’s wisdom willed it so,
The Son’s obedience knew no “No,”
Both wills were in one stature;
And as that wisdom had decreed,
The Word was now made Flesh indeed,
And took on Him our nature.

What comfort by Him do we win?
Who made Himself the Prince of sin,
To make us heirs of glory?
To see this Babe, all innocence,
A Martyr born in our defense,
Can man forget this story?

Ben Jonson (1572-1637)

 Benjamin Jonson by Abraham van Blyenberch

Ben Johnson c. 1617 by Abraham van Blyenberch

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May on July

A bill of Fare for July.

Muskmelons.Muskmelon
1 Pottage of Capon.
2 Boil’d Pigeons.
3 A hash of Caponets.
4 A Grand Sallet.

German School, 17th 17th Century  German School A bowl of spinach and eggs with a pewter dish

German School, 17th 17th Century German School A bowl of spinach and eggs and roasted quail with a pewter dish. The spinach with eggs is a more ordinary boiled salad – a grans salad is…grander.

 

5 A Fawn.
6 A Custard.

A Second Course.

1 Pease, of French Beans.

French beans are also known now as green bean..I think the pease of the beans are the little seeds within. This would make this dish extremely delicate and dainty!

French beans are also known now as green bean..I think the pease of the beans are the little seeds within. This would make this dish extremely delicate and dainty!

2 Gulls four, two larded.

black legged kittiwake

black legged kittiwake – gulls are also called mews or mouettes

3 Pewits eight, four larded.

Pewits are now more commonly called Northern lapwings

Pewits are now more commonly called Northern lapwings

4 A quodling Tart green.
5 Portugal eggs, two sorts.
6 Buttered Brawn.
Selsey Cockles broil’d.

Ben Johson. Volpone. Act 1. Scene 2.

SIR POLITIQUE WOULD BEE:

“In oranges, musk-melons, and such like: sometimes in Colchester-oysters, and your Selsey-cockles.’

Selsey is in West Sussex  – Colchester is in Essex – so this is shell fish coming from both sides of England.

He's holdonmg a gridiron, perhaps waiting to broil some cockles - can anyone translate the caption?

He’s holding a gridiron, perhaps waiting to broil some cockles – can anyone translate the caption?

Robert May. The Accomplist Cook.

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