Dandy---o (2)/The toper's advice

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THE TOPER’S ADVICE.

BANISH sorrow, grief’s a folly,
care unbend the wrinkled brow,
Hence dull care and melancholy,
wine and wit invite us now.
Bacchus sends us all his treasure,
Comus sends us jest and song,
Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow, pleasure,
let us join the jocund throng

Youth soon flies, ’tis but a season,
time is ever on the wing;
Then let’s the present moment seize on,
none knows what the next may bring:
Then let’s be joyous while time we measure,
other’s wisdom we despise,
Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow pleasure,
to be merry’s to be wise.

Why should then vain cares perplex us?
why should we not merry be?
While we’re here there’s nought to vex us,
drinking sets our cares all free.
Then let’s have drinking without measure,
let’s have drink while time we have,
Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow, pleasure,
there’s no drinking in the grave.


This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.