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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
The Loyal Delights of a Contented Mind
Anonymous
 
(From Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1707)

OH, how Happy’s he, who from Business free,
Can Enjoy his Mistress, Bottle, and his Friend:
Not confined to State, nor the Pride of the Great;
Only on himself, not others doth depend:
Change can never vex him, Faction ne’er perplex him:        5
If the World goes well, a Bumper crowns his Joys,
If it be not so than he takes of two;
Till succeeding Glasses, Thinking doth destroy.
 
When his Noddle reels, he to Cælia steals;
And by Pleasures unconfined runs o’er the Night;        10
In the Morning wakes, a pleasing Farewell takes,
Ready for fresh Tipling, and for new Delight:
When his Table’s full, oh, then he hugs his Soul;
And drinking all their Healths, a Welcome doth express:
When the Cloth’s removed, then by all approved,        15
Comes the full grace Cup, Queen Anna’s good success.
 
 
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