A Drinking Song (Julius Benedict)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-26)  CPDL #53404:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-02-26).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: A Drinking Song

Composer: Julius Benedict
Lyricist: Bryan Procter

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: TTBB with divisi
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Vol. 1, no. 41

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Original text and translations

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1  Drink, drink, drink! and fill the night with mirth,
Drink, drink, drink! Let us have a mighty measure;
Drink, and fill the night with mirth,
Till we quite forget the earth, and soar
In the world, the world of pleasure.
Drink, and let a health go round,
'Tis the drinker's noble duty,
To the eyes that shine and wound,
To the mouths that bud in beauty.
Drink, drink, fill the night with mirth.

2  Fill, fill, Fill! Fill the deep-mouthed glasses high!
Fill, fill, fill! Let them with the champagne tremble.
Like the loose wrack in the sky,
When the four wild winds assemble.
Here's to all the love on earth;
Love, the young man's, old man's treasure.
Drink, and fill your throats with mirth.
Drink, and drown the world in pleasure,
Drink, drink, fill the night with mirth.