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Aldrich was a classical scholar (a student of ancient Greek and
Latin). Theologian, philosopher, and architect were all
bantered about. He was also widely known as a funny guy.
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
the most well known example of his wit. The original Latin,
those who prefer their comedy in a dead language:
bene quid memini, causae sunt quinque bibendi;
adventus, praesens sitis atque futura,
vini bonitas, aut quaelibet altera causa.
Reasons for Drinking
Aldrich (1647-1710), British
on my theme I rightly think,
are five reasons why men drink:
wine; a friend; because I'm dry;
lest I should be by and by;
– any other reason why.
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