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.
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- by (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809), "Dainty Davie", JHW. XXXII/1 no. 32, Hob. XXXIa no. 32. [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani
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