Chapter 1: Early American Literature to 1700
and Puritanism

Thomas Morton
1579?-1647?

© Paul P. Reuben
June 19, 2014
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Primary Work

 New English Canaan, 1637
"The Songe"

Drinke and be merry, merry, merry boyes,
Let all your delight be in Hymens joyes,
Iô to Hymen now the day is come,
About the merry Maypole take a Roome.

Make greene garlands, bring bottles out;
And fill sweet Nectar, freely about,
Uncover thy head, and feare no harm,
For hers good liquor to keepe it warme.

Then drinke and be merry, &c.
Iô to Hymen, &c.

Nectar is a thing assign'd,
By the Deities owne minde,
To cure the hart opprest with grief,
And of good liquors is the chief,

Then drinke, &c.
Iô to Hymen, &c.

Give to the Mellancolly man,
A cup or two of't now and than;
This physick' will soone revive his bloud,
And make him be of a merrier mood.

Then drinke, &c.
Iô to Hymen, &c.

Give to the Nymphe thats free from scorne,
No Irish; stuff nor Scotch over worn,
Lasses in beaver coats come away,
Ye shall be welcome to us night and day.

Then drinke, &c.
Iô to Hymen, &c.

Selected Bibliography 1980-Present

Cohen, Matt. The Networked Wilderness: Communicating in Early New England. Minneapolis, MN: U of Minnesota P, 2010.

Colacurcio, Michael J. Godly Letters: The Literature of the American Puritans. Notre Dame: U of Notre Dame P, 2006.

Elliott, Emory. ed. American Colonial Writers 1606-1734. Detroit: Gale, 1984.

Read, David. New World, Known World: Shaping Knowledge in Early Anglo-American Writing. Columbia: U of Missouri P, 2005.

MLA Style Citation of this Web Page

Reuben, Paul P. "Chapter 1: Thomas Morton." PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. WWW URL: http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap1/morton.html (provide page date or date of your login).
 

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