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First Line: Ho! Ho! Thou jolly god, with kinked
Last Line: And roll me o'er thy tongue eternally.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Goddesses & Gods; Mythology; Soul; Wine

HO! ho! thou jolly god, with kinked lips
And laughter-streaming eyes, thou liftest up
The heart of me like any wassail-cup,
And from its teeming brim, in foaming drips,
Thou blowest all my cares. I cry to thee,
Between the sips: -- Drink long and lustily;
Drink thou my ripest joys, my richest mirth,
My maddest staves of wanton minstrelsy;
Drink every song I've tinkered here on earth
With any patch of music; drink! and be
Thou drainer of my soul, and to the lees
Drink all my lover-thrills and ecstasies;
And with a final gulp -- ho! ho! -- drink me,
And roll me o'er thy tongue eternally.

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