New Oysters, New

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Source: Thomas Ravenscroft's Pammelia # 11 (1609)

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This is an Elizabethan sales jingle. These were quite popular for a long time; in the middle of the 17th century, Orlando Gibbons wrote down a bunch of these.

New Oysters!
New Oysters!
New Walefleet Oysters!
At a groat a peck      [ groat = 4 pence, peck = 8 pounds]
At a groat a peck
Each oyster worth two pence      [ what a good deal! ]
Fetch us bread and wine that we may eat,
Let us lose no time with such good meat,
A banquet for a prince!

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