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Thus thai made the maryage
f Bridal is Saxon for the nuptial feast. Soin Davie's Geste OF ALEXANDER. MS. fol. 41. penes me.
He wist nouzt of this BRIDALE,
Ne no man tolde him the tale. In GAMELYN, or the Coke's. Tale, v. 1 267. At every BRIDALE he would fing and hop. Spenser, Faerie Qu. B. v. C. ii. st. 3.
Where and when the BRIDALE cheare
Should be solemnised. And, vi. x. 13•
Theseus her unto his BRIDALE bore. See also Spenser's PROTHALAMION. The word has been applied adjectively, for CONNUBIAL. Perhaps Milton remembered or retained its original use in the following paffage of SAMSON AGONISTES, ver. 1196.
And in your city held my nuptial feaft:
guests, Appointed to await me thirty spies. “ Under pretence of friends and guests “ invited to the BRIDAL.” But in PARApise Lost, he speaks of the evening far
haftening to light the BRIDAL LAMP, which in another part of the same poem he calls the NUPTIAL TORCH. viii. 520.xi. 590. I presume this Saxon BRIDALE is Bride- Ale, the Feast in honour of the bride or marriage. Ale, simply put, is the feast or the merry-making, as in PIERCE PLOWMAN, fol. xxxii. b. edit. 1550. 4to. And then satten Tome and longe at the
ALE [nale. ] Again, fol. xxvi. b. I am occupied everie daye, holye daye
and other, With idle tales at the Ale, and other
while in churches. So Chaucer of his FREERI, Urr. p. 87. v, 85
And they were only glad to fill his purse,
And maden him grete feftis at the NALE. Nale is Ale, They feafted him, or en“ tertained him, with particular respect, " at the parish-feast, &c." Agin, Plow. MAN's Tale, p. 125. V. 2110.
At the Wrestling, and at the Wake,
And the chief chaunters at the NALE. See more instances supr. vol. i. 60. That Ale is festival, appcars from its sense in compofition; as, among others, in the wonis Leet-ale, Lamb-ale, Whitson-ale, Clerk
With al his knyghtes ever ilkane,
ale, and Church-ale. Leer-ALE, in some 148. f. 97. See also our CHURCH-CAparts of England, fignifies the Dinner at a NONS, given in 1603. CAN. 88. The apcourt-leet of a manor for the jury and cus plication of what is here collected to the tomary tenants. LAMB-ALE is still used word BRIDALE, is obvious. But Mr. Alle at the village of Kirtlington in Oxford thire, has a curious record, about 1575, which for an annual feast or celebrity at lamb proves the BRIDE-ALe synonimous with the shearing. WhitSON-ALE, is the common WeddyN.ALE. During the course of queen name in the midland counties, for the ru Elisabeth's entertainments at Kenilworth. ral sports and feasting at Whitfontide, castle, in 1575, a BRYDE-ALE was celeCLERK-ALE occurs in Aubrey's manu brated with a great variety of fhews and script History of Wiltshire. " In the sports. Laneham's LETTER, dated the “ Easter holidays was the CLARKES-ALE, same year. fol. xxvi. seq. What was the “ for his private benefit and the solace of nature of the merriment of the CHURCH. “ the neighbourhood.” MSS. Muf. Ashm. ALE, we learn from the WITCHES-SONG Oxon. CHURCH-ALE, was a feast efta. in Jonson's MASQUE OF QUEENS at blished for the repair of the church, or in Whitehall in 1609, where one of the honour of the church-saint, &c. In Dodr Witches boasts to have killed and stole the worth's Manuscripts, there is an old in fat of an infant, begotten by a piper at denture, made before the Reformation, a CHURCH-ALE. S. 6. which not only thews the design of the Among bishop Tanner's manuscript adChurch-ale, but explains this particular ditions to Cowell's Law-Glossary in the use and application of the word Ale. The Bodleian library, is the following Note, parishioners of Elveston and Okebrook, from his own Collections. (Lit. V.]"A.D. in Derbyshire, agree jointly, “ to brew “1468. Prior Cant. et Commiffarii visita“ four Ales, and every Ale of one quar.
“ tionem fecerunt (diocesi Cant. vacante “ ter of malt, betwixt this and the fealt of per mortem archiepiscopi) et ibi publi. “ saint John Baptist next coming. And catum erat, quod Potationes factæ in ec. “ that every inhabitant of the said town “clefiis, vulgariter dictæ YEVEALYS, or of Okebrook shall be at the several “ vel BREDEALYS, non effent ulterius in “ Ales. And every husband and his wife “ usu sub pæna excommunicationis majo“ shall pay two pence, every cottager one
penny, and all the inhabitants of El. Had the learned author of the Differta« veston shall have and receive all the pro tion on BARLEY WINE been as well ac“ fits and advantages coming of the said quainted with the British as the Grecian “ ALES, to the use and behoof of the said literature, this long note would perhaps • church of Elveston. And the inhabi. have been unnecessary.
& One. “tants of Elveston shall brew eight ALES b Wicked is here, accursed. In which “ betwixt this and the feast of faint John sense it is used by Shakespeare's Caliban,
Baptist, at the which Ales the inhabi. TEMP. Ac i. Sc. ii. “ tants of Okebrook shall come and pay as before reherfed. And if he be away
As Wicked dew as e'er my mother brush'd
With raven's feather, &c. at one ALB, to pay at the toder ALE “ for both, &c.” MSS. Bibl. Bodl. vol. a Give-ales, or gift-ales,
b Bride-ales, R 2
The king and his men ilkane
Sir Ywaine is victorious, who discovers himself to king Arthur after the battle.
And sone fir Ywayne gan him tell
Strong k To defend the fountain, the office of the lord of this castle,
1 Readily. m Beitrode. · To.
The kyng granted him ful right
many balde barowne, • Oft-times.
• So large a train of knights. • Waited on. See Tyrwh, Gr. Cho
• Promise you. Saluted.
! Tapestry spread on the walls. 9 To fear,
That ilka knight myght take ane.
And ilk day thai had folace fere
Of huntyng, and als of revere': • Gallantries. Jewels, Davie fays, that MS. p. 86. Athens is called the Drywery in one of Alexander's battles, many a lady of the world, ibid. loft her drewery. GESTE ALEXANDER, Together,
w Fold. * Allembly. Hawking River,