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From A Collection of Glees and Catches, London, 1782.

Lyrics: ? Dante Alighieri (trans.)

Fill your glasses boys and drink,
Let wise ones talk and grave ones think.
Since life's but short, come let's be gay,
Time is too dear to waste away.
We'll toast our lasses, love and wine,
If honest souls should ever join;
'Tis wine that makes the lover bold;
Without it love will soon grow cold.
Ne'er may the wretch who shuns his glass
Succeed to win a virtuous lass;
But thro' life's changes may he prove
The scorn of Bacchus and of love.

Stephen Paxton
(1734 - 1787)

Fill your glasses, boys

(A.T.B.)

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