drinking song quotes

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Back and side go bare, go bare,
Both foot and hand go cold;
I am so wrapped, and throughly lapped of jolly good ale and old!
I love no roast but a nut-brown toast, and a crab laid in the fire;
A little bread shall do me stead! much bread I do not des
Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
The song is ended, but the melody lingers on.
The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks, and gapes for drink again.
Forgive the song that falls so low,
beneath the gratitude I owe.
To you, God the Singer, our voices we raise,
to you Song Incarnate, we give all our praise,
Of Merlin wise I learned a song,--
Sing it low, or sing it loud,
By measure. It was word and note,
The wind the wind had meant to be
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