Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


A quart of ale is a dish for a king.
Shakespeare.—Winter’s Tale, Act IV. Scene 2. (Song by Autolycus.)

Balm of my cares, sweet solace of my toils,
Hail, juice benignant!
T. Warton.—On Oxford Ale.

Hot was the play; ’twas language, wit, and tale;
Like them that find meat, drink, and cloth in ale.
Dryden.—Prologue to the Conquest of Granada, Part I.

Hath thy ale virtue, or thy beer strength, that the tongue of man may be tickled, and his palate pleased in the morning.
Ben Jonson.—Bartholomew Fair, Act II. Scene 1.