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REASONS FOR DRINKING
By Henry Aldrich (1647-1710)
Si bene commcmini causae sunt quinque bibendi— Hospitis adventus, pracsens sitis, atque futura, Aut villi bonitas, aut quae libet altera causa.
If all be true that I do think, There are five reasons we should drink : Good wine—a friend—or being dry— Or lest we should be by-and-by— Or any other reason why.
BACK AND SIDE GO BARE, GO BARE!1
By John Still Bishop of Bath and Wells (1543 ?-1608)
Back and side go bare, go bare !
Both foot and hand grow cold ; But belly, God send thee good ale enough,
Whether it be new or old.
1 Still's version is a modernisation of a much older song, which may be found in the Percy Society's edition of Festive Songs. A Latin translation by Dr. Maginn is on pages 183-4.
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