Thursday, June 24, 2004


Reasons for Drinking

The Encyclopedia Britannica (1911 edition) attributes the following little poem to Henry Aldrich (1647-1710):
Si bene quid memini, causae sunt quinque bibendi;
Hospitis adventus, praesens sitis atque futura,
Aut vini bonitas, aut quaelibet altera causa.
If on my theme I rightly think,
There are five reasons why men drink:
Good wine; a friend; because I'm dry;
Or lest I should be by and by;
Or any other reason why.

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