THE ROAST BEEF OF OLD ENGLAND
 
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When mighty roast beef was the Englishman's food,
It enobled our hearts and enrivhed our blood.
Our soldiers were brave and our courtiers were good,
Oh! The roast beef of old England and
Oh! For old England's roast beef.

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
Oh! The roast beef of old England and
Oh! For old England's roast beef.

When good Queen Elizabeth sat on the throne,
'Ere coffe and tea and such slip-slops were known.
The world was in terror if e'er she did frown,
Oh! The roast beef of old England and
Oh! For old England's roast beef.

 
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Written and composed by Henry Fielding & Richard Leveridge
From monologues.co.uk Music Hall Lyrics Collection
 
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