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academic. The people who now write in praise of beer are generally cultured folk who spend many hours in libraries dipping into old volumes on the chance of discovering some long-forgotten tippler who has hymned his beer in verse or acknowledged its transcendent qualities in prose. Rarely would such people delight in the jocund scenes pictured in Hogarth's engravings of " Beer Street " and " Gin Lane." Still less would they ever dream of becoming " fuddled." Modern business men are not willing to :
"... look into the pewter pot, And see the world, as the world's not."
One recalls Mr. Arthur Beckett's verses in praise of another famous Sussex inn—" The Star " at Alfriston:
" I've drunk the ' Mermaid's ' beer at Rye, I've tasted swipes at Firle, And once for a lark, at Glynde, near by, I kissed the ' Dewdrop's ' girl; In a dozen bars I've filled my skin, Toasting many a Sussex son, But of all the joys of the country inn, I've felt most at Alfriston.
I've munched bren-cheese, and tossed off my quart In the pub at Pevensey Bay ;