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I am the Jolly Prince of Drinkers
I've heard that a fop who'd toss a full tankard
Crowned himself the prince of sots; But hang such silly idle drunkards,
Snatch their flagons, break their pots; My friend and I did join For a cellar full of wine,
And locked the vintner out of door. One morning at the tap, There we drank it every drop,
And eagerly ranged about for more.
My friend to me did make a motion,
" Must we part, and with dry lips ? " Oh, then we went unto the ocean,
Where we did meet a fleet of ships. Their lading it was wine, And that most superfine ;
Their burden was ten hundred ton. We drank it all at sea, Long before we came to quay,
And the merchants did swear they were undone.
And then we went to the Canaries, Hoping to find a better touch ;
And there we did meet with Portuguese, Likewise the Spaniards and the Dutch.
'Twas near the river Rhine.
We drank up all the wine,
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