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A Song on Bacchus
A SONG ON BACCHUS l
Since there's so small difference 'twixt drowning and
drinking, We'll tipple and pray, too, like mariners sinking; Whilst they drink salt water, we'll pledge 'em in wine, And pay our devotion at Bacchus's shrine :
Oh ! Bacchus, great Bacchus, for ever defend us, And plentiful store of good Burgundy send us.
From censuring the State, and what passes above, From a surfeit of cabbage, from lawsuits and love, From meddling with swords and such dangerous things, And handling of guns in defiance of kings: Oh ! Bacchus, etc.
From riding a jade that will start at a feather, Or ending a journey with loss of much leather ; From the folly of dying for grief or despair, With our heads in the water, our heels in the air : Oh ! Bacchus, etc.
From an usurer's gripe, and from every man, That boldly pretends to do more than he can ; From the scolding of women, and bite of mad dogs, And wandering over wild Irish bogs: Oh ! Bacchus, etc.
1 From " Pills to Purge Melancholy."
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