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First Line: A fig for your flagons of sour old wine
Last Line: I'm content with this old pipe of mine.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Solitude; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Loneliness


A FIG for your flagons of sour old wine,
Let others seek solace in beer;
I don't give a damn for the joys of the dram,
It brings me no comfort nor cheer.
I've no sorrows to drown,
I am free from care's frown,
My morrows with promise are ripe,
I don't want a thing, I'm as good as a king,
So long as I puff on my pipe.

Just give me my pipe and a well-laden pouch,
And leave me alone with myself;
I have more than enough while I sit here and puff,
And forget about passions and pelf.
You may toast as you please to the ladies who tease,
And fuddle your senses with wine,
But I know of no bliss that is equal to this,
I'm content with this old pipe of mine.





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