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Rhineland Drinking Song I
Rhineland Drinking Song II
Rhineland Drinking Song III
Bottle And The Bird
Than you, O valued friend of mine! (Ode 1.20)
A Jar Of Wine (Ode 3.21)
Quintus Dellius (Ode 2.3)
Women, and Song (Ode 1.18)
Field (1850-1895), American writer/poet
shall tell you in rhyme how, once on a time,
tailors tramped up to the inn Ingleheim,
the Rhine, lovely Rhine;
were broke, but the worst of it all, they were
that malady common to tailors – a thirst
wine, lots of wine.
host," quoth the three, "we're hard up as can
skilled in the practice of cunning are we,
the Rhine, genial Rhine;
we pledge you we will impart you that skill
quickly and fully, providing you'll fill
with wine, cooling wine."
that host shook his head, and he warily said:
cunning be good, we take money instead,
the Rhine, thrifty Rhine;
ye fancy ye may without pelf have your way
find that there's both host and the devil to pay
your wine, costly wine."
the first knavish wight took his needle so bright
threaded its eye with a wee ray of light
the Rhine, sunny Rhine;
in such a deft way, patched a mirror that day
where it was mended no expert could say –
so fine 'twas for wine.
second thereat spied a poor little gnat
toiling along on his nose broad and flat
the Rhine, pleasant Rhine;
tiny friend, I should hate to offend,
your stockings need darning" – which same did
for wine, soothing wine.
next there occurred what you'll deem quite
needle a space in the wall thrust the third,
the Rhine, wondrous Rhine;
then all so spry, he leapt through the eye
that thin cambric needle – nay, think you I'd
wine – not for wine.
landlord allowed (with a smile) he was proud
do the fair thing by that talented crowd
the Rhine, generous Rhine.
a thimble filled he as full as could be –
long and drink hearty, my jolly friends three,
my wine, filling wine."
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