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A rhine-land drinking song

A rhine-land drinking song

If our own life is the life of a flower
(And that’s what some sages are thinking),
We should moisten the bud with a health-giving flood
And ’twill bloom all the sweeter
Yes, life’s the completer
For drinking,
And drinking,
And drinking.

If it be that our life is a journey
(As many wise folk are opining),
We should sprinkle the way with the rain while we may;
Though dusty and dreary,
‘Tis made cool and cheery
With wining,
And wining,
And wining.

If this life that we live be a dreaming
(As pessimist people are thinking),
To induce pleasant dreams there is nothing, meseems,
Like this sweet prescription,
That baffles description
This drinking,
And drinking,
And drinking.



Poem A rhine-land drinking song - Eugene Field