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Cast Away Care
Knowing full well the sprite of me, Nourished by all my body's boon,
Is great and generous company
For pale ghosts shiv'ring 'neath the moon.
By Thomas Dekker (1570?-1641 ?)
Cast away care ; he that loves sorrow Lengthens not a day, nor can buy to-morrow; Money is trash ; and he that will spend it, Let him drink merrily. Fortune will send it.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, oh, ho !
Play it off stiffly, we may not part so.
Wine is a charm, it heats the blood too, Cowards it will harm, if the wine be good too ; Quickens the wit, and makes the back able ; Scorn to submit to the watch or constable. Merrily, merrily, etc.
Pots fly about, give us more liquor, Brothers of a rout, our brains will flow quicker ; Empty the cask ; score it up we care not, Fill up the pots again, and drink on and spare not. Merrily, merrily, etc.
1 From " The Sun's Darling," by Ford and Dckker, 1623
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