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WE'LL DINE AND DRINK
(From Crochet Castle)
By Thomas Love Peacock
If I drink water while this doth last,
May I never again drink wine : For how can a man, in his life of a span,
Do anything better than dine ? We'll dine and drink, and say if we think
That anything better can be ; And when we have dined, wish all mankind
May dine as well as we.
And though a good wish will fill no dish,
And brim no cup with sack, Yet thoughts will spring, as the glasses ring,
To illumine our studious track. On the brilliant dreams of our hopeful schemes
The light of the flask shall shine ; And we'll sit all day, but we'll find a way
To drench the world with wine.
By Gerald Cumberland
A fool am I, for money slips Between my fingers ere the gold
Has time to traffic with my dreams, And litter actions manifold.