|The Rhyme Maker
more John Fletcher
Lyaeus ever young
late and cold; stir the fire
(1579-1625), English playwright/poet
to-day, and drown all sorrow,
shall perhaps not do it tomorrow.
while you have it, use your breath;
is no drinking after death.
works the heart up, wakes the wit;
is no cure ‘gainst age but it.
helps the headache, cough, and tisic,
is for all diseases physic.
let us swill, boys, for our health;
drinks well, loves the commonwealth.
he that will to bed go sober,
with the leaf still in October.
Duke of Normandy Act II, sc. ii. (1639)