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INCLUSIVE EDITION, 1885-1918


So long as little luncheons, Love,
 And scandal hold their vogue,
While there is sport at Annandale
 Or whisky at Jutogh,
  If you love me as I love you
  What knife can cut our love in two?


So long as down the rocking floor
 The raving polka spins,
So long as Kitchen Lancers spur
 The maddened violins,
So long as through the whirling smoke
 We hear the oft-told tale—
"Twelve hundred in the Lotteries,"
And Whatshername for sale?
  If you love me as I love you
  We'll play the game and win it too.


So long as Lust or Lucre tempt
 Straight riders from the course,
So long as with each drink we pour
 Black brewage of Remorse,
So long as those unloaded guns
 We keep beside the bed,
Blow off, by obvious accident,
The lucky owner's head,
  If you love me as I love you
  What can Life kill of Death undo?


So long as Death 'twixt dance and dance
 Chills best and bravest blood,
And drops the reckless rider down
 The rotten, rain-soaked khud,