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The Vintners' Song is sung by all assembled, following the Toast to the Company, towards the end of Company dinners.

The words are presented below and for a copy of the musical score, please click HERE.

Click HERE for a downloadable MP3


"SONG TO THE VINTNERS"

Words by: Elkanah Settle (1702)

Music by : Charles Marshall (1914)

1st Verse:

Come, come, let us drink the Vintners' good health,

'Tis the cask, not the coffer, that holds the true wealth.

If to founders of blessings we pyramids raise,

The bowl next the sceptre deserves the best praise.

Then next to the Queen let the Vintners' fame shine;

She gives us good laws, and they fill us good wine.

Chorus:

Come, come, let us drink the Vintners' good health

'Tis the cask, not the coffer............. that holds the true wealth

2nd Verse:

Columbus and Cortez their sails they unfurled,

To discover the mines of an Indian world;

To find beds of gold so far they could roam;

Fools! fools! when the wealth of the world lay at home.

The grape, the true treasure, much nearer it grew:

One Isle of Canary's worth all the Peru.

Chorus:

Come, come, let us drink the Vintners' good health

'Tis the cask, not the coffer.......................... that holds the true wealth

3rd Verse:

Let misers in garrets hide up their gay store,

And heap their rich bags to live wretchedly poor,

'Tis the cellar alone with true fame is renown'd,

Her treasure's diffusive, and cheers all around.

The gold and the gem but the eye's gaudy toy,

But the Vintners' rich juice gives health, life and joy.

Chorus:

Come, come, let us drink the Vintners' good health

'Tis the cask, not the coffer.............................................. that holds the true wealth

The Vintners' Song

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The Vinters' Song MP3 MP3 (2.34 MB) Administration 13/05/2011
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