Chapter 1: Early American Literature to 1700
and Puritanism

Thomas Morton

Paul P. Reuben
  October 13, 2016

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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,
I 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.
I 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.
I 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.
I 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.
I 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: (provide page date or date of your login).

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