it is merry in hall when beards wag all

c 1300 King Alisaunder (EETS) 1.1164 Swithe [so] mury hit is in halle, When the burdes wawen alle!

1546 J. HEYWOOD Dialogue of Proverbs II. vii. 13v It is mery in halle, When berds wag all.

1598 SHAKESPEARE Henry IV, Pt. 2 v. iii. 35 Be merry, be merry, my wife has all... ’Tis merry in hall when beards wag all.

1738 SWIFT Polite Conversation ii. 170 Come; they say, ’Tis merry in Hall, when Beards wag all.

1857 TROLLOPE Barchester Towers III. iv. ‘’Twas merry in the hall when the beards wagged all;’ and the clerical beards wagged merrily..that day.

1976 ‘J. DAVEY’ Treasury Alarm i. Presumably this is how the Treasury greybeards get their fun. Are they in fact grey-bearded? One rather assumes a great wagging of beards: ’tis merry in hall when beards wag all.


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