Welcome as kindly showers to the long parched earth.

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A very merry, dancing, drinking,
Laughing, quaffing, and unthinking time.

The Secular Masque. Line 40.

The people’s prayer, the glad diviner’s theme,
The young men’s vision, and the old men’s dream!

Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call to-day his own;
He who, secure within, can say,
To-morrow, do thy worst, for I have liv’d to-day.

Fool, not to know that love endures no tie,
And Jove but laughs at lovers’ perjury.

Who think too little, and who talk too much.

Part i. Line 534.