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therefore commencing, "Here's a health to the King" &c. A third version gives " Mr. Robert Dyer's additional stanzas, as sung by him at Lincoln's Inn Theatre."
The author of the words, whoever he may have been, had in mind the drinking-song in Fletcher's Bloody Brothers, from which he borrowed two lines, " Best, while you have it, use your breath, There is no drinking after death."
The tune of Down among the dead men was a great favorite with the late Samuel Wesley, who used constantly to fugue upon it.

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