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Poem by George Etherege


A Drinking Song


The pleasures of Love and the joys of good Wine,
To perfect our happiness, wisely we join!

We, to Beauty, all day.

Give the sovereign sway;
And her favourite Nymphs devoutly obey!
At the Plays, we are constantly making our Court;
And when they are ended, we follow the sport

To the Mall, and the Park;

Where we love till 'tis dark!

Then, sparkling Champagne

Puts an end to their reign.

It quickly recovers

Poor languishing Lovers!
Makes us frolic and gay; and drowns all our sorrow!
But, alas! we relapse again on the morrow!

Let every man stand

With his Glass in his hand;
And briskly discharge, at the word of command!

Here 's a Health to all those,

Whom, to-night, we depose!
Wine and Beauty, by turns, great souls should inspire!
Present all together! and now, boys, give fire! 



George Etherege


George Etherege's other poems:
  1. Song from Love in a Tub
  2. Song
  3. To a Very Young Lady
  4. To a Lady Asking Him How Long He Would Love Her


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Yeats A Drinking Song ("WINE comes in at the mouth")
  • Eugene Field A Drinking Song ("Come, brothers, share the fellowship")

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