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"Oh who are these that kiss and pass?
A country lover and his lass;
When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink
For fellows whom it hurts to think.
Malt does more than Milton can
To justify God's ways to man.
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.
Halt by the headstone naming
The heart no longer stirred,
Be still, my soul, be still; the arms you bear are brittle,
Ay, look: high heaven and earth ail from the prime foundation;
All thoughts to rive the heart are here, and all are vain:
Could man be drunk for ever
With liquor, love, or fights,
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