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SOLDIER SONG (2), by            
First Line: How stands the glass around
Last Line: Cures all again
Subject(s): "soldiers;wolfe, James (1727-1759);

HOW stands the glass around?
For shame, ye take no care, my boys,
How stands the glass around?
Let mirth and wine abound.
The trumpets sound!
The colours flying are, my boys,
To fight, kill, or wound:
May we still be found
Content with our hard fare, my boys,
On the cold ground.

Why, soldiers, why
Should we be melancholy, boys,
Why, soldiers, why?
Whose business 'tis to die?
What! sighing? fie!
Damn fear, drink on, be jolly, boys,
'Tis he, you or I:
Cold, hot, wet, or dry,
We're always bound to follow boys
And scorn to fly.

'Tis but in vain,
(I mean not to upbraid you, boys)
'Tis but in vain
For soldiers to complain:
Should next campaign
Send us to Him that made you, boys,
We're free from pain;
But should we remain,
A bottle and kind landlady
Cures all again!

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