A rhine-land drinking song

If our own life is the life of a flower
(And that`s what some sages are thinking),
We should moisten the bud with a health-giving flood
And `twill bloom all the sweeter -
Yes, life`s the completer
For drinking,
and drinking,
and drinking.

If it be that our life is a journey
(As many wise folk are opining),
We should sprinkle the way with the rain while we may;
Though dusty and dreary,
`Tis made cool and cheery
With wining,
and wining,
and wining.

If this life that we live be a dreaming
(As pessimist people are thinking),
To induce pleasant dreams there is nothing, meseems,
Like this sweet prescription,
That baffles description -
This drinking,
and drinking,
and drinking.

(Eugene Field)