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First Line: Jolly nose! The bright rubies that garnish thy tip
Last Line: Than live always in darkness without it!
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


Jolly nose! the bright rubies that garnish thy tip
Are dug from the mines of Canary;
And to keep up their lustre I moisten my lip
With hogsheads of claret and sherry.

Jolly nose! he who sees thee across a broad glass
Beholds thee in all thy perfection;
And to the pale snout of a temperate ass
Entertains the profoundest objection.

For a big-bellied glass is the palette I use,
And the choicest of wine is my colour;
And I find that my nose takes the mellowest hues
The fuller I fill it—the fuller!

Jolly nose! there are fools who say drink hurts the sight;
Such dullards know nothing about it.
'Tis better, with wine, to extinguish the light,
Than live always in darkness without it!





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