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Henry Aldrich
Henry Aldrich
1647-1710


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NOTES:
Henry Aldrich was a classical scholar (a student of ancient Greek and Latin).  Theologian, philosopher, and architect were all monikers he bantered about. He was also widely known as a funny guy.  Aldrich was fond of writing epigrams (short rhyming verse, most often with a humorous twist) – in Latin, the language of the educated of his day.  This wine poem is the most well known example of his wit.  The original Latin, for those who prefer their comedy in a dead language:

Si bene quid memini, causae sunt quinque bibendi;
Hospitis adventus, praesens sitis atque futura,
Aut vini bonitas, aut quaelibet altera causa.
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Five Reasons for Drinking
Henry Aldrich (1647-1710), British theologian/philosopher

If on my theme I rightly think,
There are five reasons why men drink:
Good wine; a friend; because I'm dry;
Or lest I should be by and by;
Or – any other reason why.



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