aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,
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"Fart Proudly"

That's the name of a collection in my library of Benjamin Franklin's more off-color writings. I mention it because today is ol' Ben's 300th Birthday! Herewith, one of his riper pieces:

The Antediluvians were all very sober
For they had no Wine, and they brewed no October;
All wicked, bad Livers, on Mischief still thinking,
For there can't be good Living where there is not good Drinking,
Derry down.

'Twas honest old Noah first planted the Vine,
And mended his Morals by drinking its Wine;
He justly the drinking of Water decried;
For he knew that all Mankind, by drinking it, died.
Derry down.

From this Piece of History plainly we find
That Water's good neither for Body or Mind;
That Virtue and Safety in Wine-bibbing's found
While all that drink Water deserve to be drowned.
Derry down.

So for Safety and Honesty put the Glass round.
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