By drinking drive dull care away,
Be brisk and airy, Never vary
In your tempers, but be gay;
Let mirth know no cessation:
We all were born, mankind agree,
From dull reflection to be free,
But he that drinks not, cannot be:
Then answer your creation.
When Cupid wounds, grave Hymen heals,
Then all our whining, Wishing, striving,
To embrace what beauty yields,
Is left when in possession;
But Bacchus sends such treasure forth,
Possession never palls its worth,
We always wish'd for't from our birth,
And shall for ever wish on.
Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani
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