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" Busy, curious, thirsty fly, Drink with me and drink as I; Freely welcome to my cup, Couldst thou sip and sip it up: Make the most of life you may, Life is short and wears away. Both alike are mine and thine Hastening quick to their decline: Thine's a... "
Drinking-songs. Miscellaneous songs. Ancient ballads - Side 19
1819
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The garland; or, Poetry for childhood and youth

Garland - 1850
...on an untired wing; Oh ! let him sing his happy song, Nor do these gentle creatures wrong. THE FLY. Busy, curious, thirsty fly, Drink with me, and drink...most of life you may, Life is short and wears away. WHO TAUGHT THEM ? Who taught the bird to build her nest Of softest wool, and hay, and moss ; Who taught...
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Notes and Queries

1886
...simple and unconstrained grace alone. The topic albeit is of ale: — Buay, curious, thirsty fly I Drink with me, and drink as I. Freely welcome to my cup, Could'et thou sip, and sip it up : Make the moat of life you m»y ; Life ia abort and wears away. Both...
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The Book of English Songs: From the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century

Charles Mackay - 1851 - 312 sider
...geu'rous tide, All my soul unbends — I play Gamesome with the young and gay BUSY, CURIOUS, THIRSTY FLY. BUSY, curious, thirsty fly, Drink with me, and drink...Hastening quick to their decline ; Thine's a summer, mine's no more, Though repeated to threescore; Threescore summers, when they're gone, Will appear as...
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History of Greek Literature

Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd, Charles James Blomfield - 1851 - 396 sider
...idea of Anacreon's peculiar character of style than any of the passages we have quoted above : — Busy, curious, thirsty fly, Drink with me, and drink...you may, Life is short, and wears away. Both alike, both thine and mine, Hasten quick to their decline ; Thine's a summer, mine's no more, Though repeated...
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The Literature and the Literary Men of Great Britain and Ireland, Volum 2

Abraham Mills - 1851
...Busy, curious, thirsty fly, Drink with mo, and drink as I; Freely welcome to my cup, Could'st them sip and sip it up. Make the most of life you may,...are mine and thine, Hastening quick to their decline : Thine 'sa summer, mine no more, Though repeated to threescore ; Threescore summers, when they're...
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Pleasant pages (by S.P. Newcombe). [With suppl., entitled] Fireside ..., Volum 3

Samuel Prout Newcombe - 1851
...fly, Drink with me, and drink as I ; Freely welcome to my cup, Couldst thou sip, and sip it up. Hake the most of life you may, Life is short, and wears away. Both ali ke are mine and thine, Hastening quick to their decline : Thine'aa summer, mine no more, Though...
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The Literature and the Literary Men of Great Britain and Ireland, Volum 2

Abraham Mills - 1851
...exquisite little Anacreontic was occasioned by a fly drinking out of his Cup of Ale :— AN EXTEMPORE SONG. Busy, curious, thirsty fly, Drink with me, and drink as I; Freely weleome to my cup, Could'st thou sip and sip it up. Make the most of life you may, Life is short, and...
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Notes and Queries

1852
...there seems to be great justness of reasoning. MR. CAUSTON might also have instanced the lines : " Freely welcome to my cup, Couldst thou sip, and sip it up :" that is, " couldst thou go on sipping till thou hast lipped up, or entirely exhausted, the whole...
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The cruet stand, select pieces of prose and poetry, Volum 1

C. Gough - 1853
...the fellow in the end was glad to disgorge the whole £300. OLDY'S ADDRESS TO A FLY. Busy, eurious, thirsty fly ! Drink with me, and drink as I ! Freely...Hastening quick to their decline ; Thine's a summer, mine uo more, Though repeated to threescore ! Threescore summers, when they're gone, Will appear as short...
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A cyclopædia of sacred poetical quotations, ed. by H.G. Adams

Cyclopaedia, Henry Gardiner ADAMS - 1854 - 725 sider
...knowledge of ourselves so long and tedious, Each minute should be precious. Beaumont and Fletcher. Busy, curious, thirsty fly! Drink with me, and drink...are mine and thine Hastening quick to their decline! Thine 'sa summer, mine no more, Though repeated to threescore! Threescore summers, when they 're gone,...
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