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FESTIVITIES
[ Also see Amusements Appetite Cookery Drinking Eating Guests Holidays Hospitality Hunger Inns Intemperance Luxury Pleasure Satiety Sport Taverns Temperance ]

The service was of great array,
  That they were served with that day.
    Thus they ate, and made them glad,
      With such service as they had--
        When they had dined, as I you say,
          Lordis and ladies yede to play;
            Some to tables and some to chess,
              With other games more and less.
      - Unattributed Author,
        The Life of Ipomydon--Harleian Library,
        (British Museum), Manuscript No. 2,252

Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. VIII, v. 15)

On such an occasion as this,
  All time and nonsense scorning,
    Nothing shall come amiss,
      And we won't go home till morning.
      - John Baldwin Buckstone, Billy Taylor
         (act I, sc. 2)

Why should we break up
  Our snug and pleasant party?
    Time was made for slaves,
      But never for us so hearty.
      - John Baldwin Buckstone, Billy Taylor
         (act I, sc. 2)

As much valour is to be found in feasting as in fighting, and some of our city captains and carpet knights will make this good, and prove it.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 2, subsect. 2)

There was a sound of revelry by night,
  And Belgium's capital had gather'd then
    Her Beauty and her Chivalry, and bright
      The lamps shone o'er fair women and brave men.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 21)

Let us have wine and woman, mirth and laughter,
  Sermons and soda-water the day after.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 178)

The music, and the banquet, and the wine--
  The garlands, the rose odors, and the flowers,
    The sparkling eyes, and flashing ornaments--
      The white arms and the raven hair--the braids,
        And bracelets; swan-like bosoms, and the necklace,
          An India in itself, yet dazzling not.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Marino Faliero (act IV, sc. 1, l. 51)

Not fewer than three nor more than nine.
  [Lat., Neque pauciores tribus, neque plures novem.]
      - quoted by Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus,
        Fam. Coll.,
        the number for a dinner according to a proverb

A feast not profuse but elegant; more of salt [refinement] than of expense.
  [Lat., Non ampliter, sed munditer convivium; plus salis quam sumptus.]
      - quoted by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
        Essays (bk. III, ch. IX)

This night I hold an old accustomed feast,
  Whereto I have invited many a guest,
    Such as I love; and you among the store,
      One more, most welcome, makes my number more.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Capulet at I, ii)

We keep the day. With festal cheer,
  With books and music, surely we
    Will drink to him, whate'er he be,
      And sing the songs he loved to hear.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam (CVII)

Oh, leave the gay and festive scenes,
  The halls of dazzling light.
      - Henry Jackson van Dyke (2),
        The Light Guitar

Feast, and your halls are crowded;
  Fast, and the world goes by.
      - Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Solitude


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