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Had Neptune when first he took charge of the sea
Last updated: 17.09.18
This fine old drinking song can be found as song XXVI in Joseph Ritson's A Select Collection of English Songs Vol. 2 : Drinking Songs (1783). It is a lovely 8-verse piece of nonsense devote to Neptune's folly at filling the ocean with brine instead of wine much to the detriment of man and beast. By the way, Ritson was an English antiquary who lived from 1752 to 1803 and was famed for his bitter attacks on some of the literary leaders of his day.