Songs of a Fool: II. Wassail by Geraldine Meyrick

Come, drink a health to Folly,
And all her merry train;
Farewell to Melancholy,
And wit-benumbing Pain;
A Fool’s life should be jolly,
Or else he lives in vain.

Let laughter follow laughter,
No sign of sorrow fall;
Shake every beam and rafter,
Make tremble every wall;
For who knows what comes after?
Who knows when Death may call?

We all are Fools together
Not one of us is wise;
We prophecy the weather,
We lecture on the skies;
To-night we know not whether
The morrow’s sun shall rise.

So drink a health to Folly,
And all her merry train;
Farewell to Melancholv,
And wit-benumbing Pain;
A Fool’s life should be jolly,
Or else he lives in vain.

From: Meyrick, Geraldine, Songs of a Fool and Other Verses, 1895, Semi-Monthly Letter: San Jose, California, p. 9.
(https://archive.org/stream/songsfool00meyrrich#page/n9/mode/2up)

Date: 1895

By: Geraldine Meyrick (1872-1946)

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