Generous Wine


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Generous Wine


One leaf typewritten on the front side. The document is in excellent physical condition. The document was laminated.


Folk songs Wine -- Songs and music Neptune (Roman deity) -- Songs and music Binge drinking -- Songs and music

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Neptune. When First He Took Charge of the Sea. Had Neptune When He First Took Charge of the Sea. The Bacchanalian's Wish


W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University

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I. G. Greer


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Generous Wine

Had Neptune when first he took charge of the sea,
Been as wise, or at least been as merry as we,
He'd have thought better on it, and insted of the brine
Would have filled the vast ocean with generous wine.

What trafficing then would have been on the main,
For the sake of good liquor as well as for gain.
Nor fear then of tempest, or danger of sinking,
The fishes never drown that are always drinking.

The hot thirsty sun would then drive with more haste,
Secure in the evening of such a repaste,
And when he'd got tipsy would have taken his nap,
With double the pleasure on Thelus's lap.

By the force of his rays, and thus heated with wine,
Consider how gloriously Phoebus would shine,
What vast exhalations he'd draw up on high,
To relieve the poor earth as it wanted supply.

How happy us mortals when blessed with such rain,
To fill all our vessels and fill them again!
Nay, even the beggar that has never a disk,
Might jump in the river and drink like a fish.

What mirth and contentment on every one's brow,
Hob as great as a prince, dancing after his plow,
The birds in the air as they play on the wing,
Although they but sip, would eternally sing.

The stars which I think do not to drink incline,
Would frisk and rejoice at the fume of the wine,
And merrily twinkling would soon let us know,
That they were as happy as mortals below.

Had this been the case, what had we enjoyed,
Our spirits still rising, our fancy never cloyed,
A pox then on Neptune, when it was in his power,
To slip, like a fool, such a fortunate hour.

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