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O’er our merry midnight bowls,
O! how happy shall we be ;
Night, my boys, for you and me.
Let care be a stranger to each jovial soul
A friend to mankind, all mankind was his friend,
If councils disputed, if councils agreed,
Then let us all follow Aristippus' rules,
Written for a convivial Meeting, formeil by a Party of
select young Friends.
Ye frec-hearted sons of good-humour and mirth!
Disciples of concord, that never can cloy!
Say, shall we not raise
The chorus of praise
Like him let us banish that misanthrope Care,
May amity's pow'r to expel him combine ;
There, there let him rot,
Unpitied his lot,
That our vigils may long in good fellowship glide,
Far hence be the orgies of riotous glee ;
Then harmony's pow'r
Shall welcome the hour
Fill, fill then each glass 'till it mantles with fire, 'Tis the juice of the grape that stamps truth on the
breast; So here's to the health of the maid we admire-Was it drank e'en in nectar, 'twould give it a zest.
Your glasses once more
My mind to me a kingdom is ;
Such perfect joy therein I find,
That God or nature hath assign'd:
Content I live, this is my stay; .
I seek no more than may suffice :
Look what I lack, my mind supplies.
Content with that my mind doth bring.
I see how plenty surfeits oft,
And hasty climbers soonest fall; I see that such as sit aloft
Mishap doth threaten most of all : These get with toil, and keep with fear; Such cares my mind could never bear.
No princely pomp, nor wealthy store
No force to win a victory; No wily wit to salve a sore,
No shape to win a lover's eye ; To none of these I yield as thrall;
For why? my mind despiseth all.
Some have too much, yet still they crave,
I little have, yet seek no more : They are but poor, though much they have;
And I am rich with little store : They poor, I rich; they beg, I give ; They lack, I lend; they pine, I live.
I laugh not at another's loss,
I grudge not at another’s gain ;
I brook that is another's bane :
My wealth is health and perfect ease ;
My conscience clear my chief defence : I never seek by bribes to please,
Nor by desert to give offence : Thus do I live, thus will I die ; Would all did so as well as I.