Author: John Eccles
Folio leaf (323 × 235 mm), mounted, with the page number ‘27’; entirely engraved.
Eccles’ rollicking three-part song—‘Wine does wonders ev’ry Day, makes the heavy light and gay, throws off all their Melancholy, makes the wisest go astray, and the busy toy and play, and the poor and needy Jolly’—comes from John Crowne’s Justice Busy, or The Gentleman Quack (also known as The Morose Reformer, 1699), an unsuccessful comedy, now lost, for which only the music survives.
A second verse reads - “Wine makes trembling cowards brave, Men in tears forget they’re old, Women leave their coy distaining, who till then were shy and cold, makes a niggard slight his gold, and the foppish entertaining”
We have been unable to identify from which collection the present page comes, either removed as an odd leaf or, as the verso is blank, possibly run off by the printer for issuing separately. RISM (E 277) records once instance of that for this song, which was evidently popular to judge by the number of printings