John Danby
(c.1757 - 1798)

When gen'rous wine expands my soul
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Between 1763 and 1794 Thomas Warren published, through differing publishers, an annual collection of catches, canons and glees, under the aegis of the Catch Club. This item was published in the twenty-second collection.
Lyrics: Edmund Lechmere

When gen'rous wine expands my soul,
How pleasures hover round the bowl;
Avaunt ye cares of fancy's crew,
And give the guilty wretch his due.
But let the juice of sparkling wine
My grosser sense of love refine;
With Bacchus flush'd I'll hail my lass
In joys that e'en the grape surpass.
As Jove his nectar drinks above,
I'll quaff whole goblets full of love.
I never will at fate repine;
Let me enjoy but love and wine.
Fill the ever-flowing bowl,
In circles gay let pleasures roll;
Ever open, ever free,
Hail, thou friend to jollity.
My brows with Bacchus's chaplets crown'd
I live to love; my cares are drown'd.