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THE DESERTER['S MEDITATION], by             Poet's Biography
First Line: If sadly thinking, / with [or, and] spirits sinking
Last Line: Before we go!
Variant Title(s): Let Us Be Merry Before We Go
Subject(s): Abandonment; Drinks & Drinking; Desertion; Wine


If sadly thinking,
And spirits sinking,
Could more than drinking
Our griefs compose --
A cure for sorrow
From care I'd borrow;
And hope tomorrow
Might end my woes.
But since in wailing
There's naught availing,
For Death, unfailing,
Will strike the blow;
Then, for that reason,
And for the season,
Let us be merry
Before we go!
A wayworn ranger,
To joy a stranger,
Through every danger
My course I've run.
Now, death befriending,
His last aid lending,
My griefs are ending,
My woes are done.
No more a rover,
Or hapless lover,
Those cares are over --
"My cup runs low";
Then, for that reason,
And for the season,
Let us be merry
Before we go!






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