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LOVE AND WINE, by            
First Line: Come, bacchus, bid thy nectar flow
Last Line: Fling down his scythe and join us.
Subject(s): Hearts; Love - Nature Of


COME, Bacchus, bid thy nectar flow,
The balm for sad hearts pining,
For rosy dreams in wine cups glow
And set soft eyes a-shining.
Why dull and sad when wine makes glad
The hearts of man and maid too;
Fill each his cup and drink it up,
And plague take him afraid to.

If times be out of joint and wrong,
And pates grown dull with thinking,
Why, chase the dolours with a song
And set the wine cups clinking.
A bonnie lass, a well-filled glass,
'Twas what good wine was sent for;
A stolen kiss comes not amiss,
'Tis what red lips were meant for.

So, Bacchus, join us at the board,
A Queen we will provide you,
Pour out the choicest of your hoard
When Venus sits beside you.
We'll bribe old Time with mirthful chime
A longer span to coin us;
And cup in hand, he'll quit his sand,
Fling down his scythe and join us.





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