Drink, and fill the night with mirth!
Let us have a mighty measure,
Till we quite forget the earth,
And soar into the world of pleasure.
Drink, and let a health go round,
(Tis the drinker’s noble duty,)
To the eyes that shine and wound,
To the mouths that bud in beauty!
Here’s to Helen! Why, ah! why
Doth she fly from my pursuing?
Here’s to Marian, cold and shy!
May she warm before thy wooing!
Here’s to Janet! I’ve been e’er,
Boy and man, her staunch defender,
Always sworn that she was fair,
Always known that she was tender!
Fill the deep-mouthed glasses high!
Let them with the champaign tremble,
Like the loose wrack in the sky,
When the four wild winds assemble!
Here’s to all the love on earth,
(Love, the young man’s, wise man’s, treasure!)
Drink, and fill your throats with mirth!
Drink, and drown the world in pleasure!