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FILL EVERY GLASS (FOR WINE INSPIRES US). AKA - "Three Fam'd Generals." English, Air. This popular air appears in several early 18th century ballad operas, according to Pulver (1923), including John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1729) and the less-well-known opera by Mark Freeman, The Downfall of Bribery, or the Honest Men of Taunton (London, 1733). It previously appears in D'Urfy's collection Pills to Purge Melancholy, vol. 1 (1719) where it is listed as "A drinking song in praise of our three fam'd generals." Frank Kidson (1922) believed the song, and probably the tune, were originally French. The tune is included in the c. 1750 music manuscript book of amateur London flute player John Simpson.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 56.

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