Thomas Arne
(1710 - 1778)

Arne : You ask me, dear Jack : illustration

You ask me, dear Jack
(T.T.B.)
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Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

You ask me, dear Jack, for an emblem that's rife
And clearly explains the true medium of life;
I think I have hit it, as sure as a gun,
For a bowl of good punch and the medium are one:
When lemon and sugar so happily meet
The acid's corrected by meeting the sweet;
The water and spirit so luckily blend
That each from th'extreme does the other defend.
Then fill up the bowl, rot sorrow and strife.
A bumper, my boys, to the medium of life,
Which keeps our frail state in a temper that's meet,
Contented in blending the sour with the sweet.