turkey, heresy, hops, and beer came into England all in one year

1599 H. BUTTES Diet’s Dry Dinner G4 I know not how it happened (as he merrily saith) that herisie and beere came hopping into England both in a yeere.

1643 R. BAKER Chronicle Henry VIII 66 About [1524]..it happened that divers things were newly brought into England, whereupon this Rime was made: ‘Turke[y]s, Carps, Hoppes, Piccarell [young pike], and Beere, Came into England all in one yeere.’

1906 R. KIPLING Puck of Pook’s Hill 235 We say—‘Turkey, Heresy, Hops, and Beer Came into England all in one year.’

1979 Observer 16 Dec. 56 ‘Turkeys, heresies, hops and beer All came to England in the one year’ says the rhyme, but the Romans gave us hops.


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