Clerk-ale

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Clerk-ale A feast for the benefit of the parish clerk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clerk-ale In England, a feast for the benefit of a parish clerk.
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Usage

In literature:

The clerk drank the ale himself, and gave the calf milk, which he thought would be better for it.
"The Pink Fairy Book" by Various
Moreover, it was agreed that he should have a clerk's ale in the church house.
"The Parish Clerk (1907)" by Peter Hampson Ditchfield
In this locality Clerk's Ale, which used to be rather an event is quite extinct.
"Wild Life in a Southern County" by Richard Jefferies
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In poetry:

The farmer rides proudly
To market and fair And the clerk at the ale house
Still claims the great chair; But of all our proud fellows,
The proudest I'll be While the maid of Llanwellyn
Smiles sweetly on me.
"The Maid Of Llanwellyn" by Joanna Baillie