Fancy Stirring Bowl


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Fancy Stirring Bowl


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in good physical condition. The document was laminated. There are numerous lamination-related creases throughout the document. There is a significant tear at the right top edge. A small piece of transparent adhesive tape was used to repair this tear.


Folk songs, English Binge drinking -- Songs and music Wine -- Songs and music Love -- Songs and music

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When the Fancy Stirring Bowl


Appears in The Pocket Encyclopedia of Scottish, English, and Irish Songs, 1816


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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6 total instances found

Fancy-Stirring Bowl

It is when the fancy-stirring bowl,
Makes its world of pleasure,
Glowing visions gild my soul,
And life’s an endless treasure,
Then memory decks my wanted heart,
Fresh with gay desires,
With rays divine my senses dart,
And kindling hope inspires.
Then who would be grave when wine can save,
The heaviest soul from sinking,
And magic grapes give angel-shape,
To every girl we are drinking.

Here sweet benignity and love,
Shed their influence round me,
The gathered ills of live remove,
And leave me as they found me,
For though my head may swim yet true,
And still to natures feeling,
While peace and beauty swim there too,
And rock me as I am reeling. Chorus-

On youth’s soft pillow tender truth,
Her pensive lesson taught me,
When age soon mocked the dream of youth,
And Wisdom waked and caught me,
A bargain then with love I knocked,
To hold the pleasing gipsy,
When wise to keep my bosom locked,
But turn the key when tipsy. Chorus

When time assuaged my heated heart,
The grey-beard wise and simple,
Forgot to cool one little part,
Just flushed by Lucy’s dimple,
That part’s enough of beauty’s type,
To warm an honest fellow,
And though it touch me not when ripe,
It melts still while I am mellow. Chorus.

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Fancy Stirring Bowl

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Fancy Stirring Bowl

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216 mm x 278 mm

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