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First Line: Dear friend, beneath this spreading tree
Last Line: Oceans of wine that e'er grows old.
Alternate Author Name(s): Yehuda Alharizi; Judah Ben Solomon Harizi
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Jews; Thirst; Wine; Judaism

DEAR friend, beneath this spreading tree
Where flitting shadows come and go,
With myrtles crowned and roses we
The joys of wine will freely know.

Drink wisdom in with every draught,
In wine shalt thou discover here
Thy inner fires, thy mental craft,
Increasing with each passing year.

The thousand years of this our earth
To God are but short lasting hours;
A moment's death, a moment's birth,
To God is one long year of ours.

Ah! would that I might live and laugh
Through one God-year a thousand fold;
That I, forever young might quaff
Oceans of wine that e'er grows old.

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