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TOASTS
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[ Also see Drinking Flags Liquor Wine and Spirits ]

Here's to France, the moon whose magic rays move the tides of the world.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Frenchman's toast at a banquet in England

Here's to Great Britain, the sun that gives light to all nations of the world.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Englishman's toast at a banquet in England

Our country, however bounded.
      - Unattributed Author,
        toast founded on the speech of Winthrop

Life, lift the full goblet--away with all sorrow--
  The circle of friendship what freedom would sever?
    To-day is our own, and a fig for to-morrow--
      Here's to the Fourth and our country forever.
      - Franklin Pierce Adams,
        Impromptu Lines on July Fourth

Waes-hael! for Lord and Dame!
  O! merry be their Dole;
    Drink-hael! in Jesu's name,
      And fill the tawny bowl.
      - King Arthur, Waes-Hael

Some hae meat, and canna eat,
  And some wad eat that want it;
    But we hae meat, and we can eat,
      And sae the Lord be thankit.
      - Robert Burns, The Selkirk Grace,
        as often attributed to him, but probably not his

I come from good old Boston,
  The home of the bean and the cod,
    Where Cabots speak only to Lowells,
      And the Lowells speak only to God.
      - Samuel Clarke Bushnell,
        one rendering of his toast

I am from Massachusetts,
  The land of the sacred cod,
    There the Adamses snub the Abootts
      And the Cabots walk with God.
      - Samuel Clarke Bushnell,
        Toast at the Harvard Alumni dinner at Waterbury,
        one rendering of his toast

My boat is on the shore,
  And my bark is on the sea:
    But, before I go, Tom Moore,
      Here's a double health to thee!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        to Thomas Moore

Were 't the last drop in the well,
  As I gasp'd upon the brink,
    Ere my fainting spirit fell,
      'Tis to thee that I would drink.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Weren't the last drop in the well,
  As I gasp'd upon the brink,
    Ere my fainting spirit fell,
      'Tis to thee that I would drink.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        To Thomas Moore

Drink to her that each loves best,
  And if you nurse a flame
    That's told but to her mutual breast,
      We will not ask her name.
      - Thomas Campbell, A Toast

Here's to the red of it,
  There's not a thread of it,
    No, not a shred of it,
      In all the spread of it,
        From foot to head,
          But heroes bled for it,
            Faced steel and lead for it,
              Precious blood shed for it,
                Bathing in red.
      - John Jay Daly, A Toast to the Flag

But the standing toast that pleased me most
  Was, "The wind that blows, the ship that goes,
    And the lass that loves a sailor!"
      - Charles Dibdin, The Standing Toast,
        from the comic opera, "The Round Robin", produced June 21, 1811

Ho! stand to your glasses steady!
  'Tis all we have left to prize.
    A cup to the dead already,--
      Hurrah for the next that dies.
      - Bartholomew Dowling, Revelry in India

And he that will this health deny,
  Down among the dead men let him lie.
      - John Dyer,
        From a Toast published during the Reign of Queen Anne

Here's to our beloved George Washington, the Joshua of America, who commanded the sun and the moon to sand still--and they obeyed.
      - Benjamin Franklin,
        toast made at the close of a banquet in England (see Englishman's and Frenchman's toasts)

Here's to old Adam's crystal ale,
  Clear sparkling and divine,
    Fair H2O, long may you flow,
      We think your health (in wine).
      - Oliver Herford, Toast--Adam's Crystal Ale

The bubble winked at me, and said,
  "You'll miss me brother, when you're dead."
      - Oliver Herford, Toast--The Bubble Winked

You to the left and I to the right,
  For the ways of men must sever--
    And it may be for a day and a night,
      And it well may be forever.
        But whether we meet or whether we part,
          (For our ways are past our knowing)
            A pledge from the heart to its fellow heart,
              On the ways we all are going!
                Here's luck!
                  For we know not where we are going.
      - Richard Hovey, At the Crossroads

Here's to your good health, and your family's good health, and may you all live long and prosper.
      - Washington Irving, Rip Van Winkle,
        (from The Sketch Book) as used by Joseph Jefferson

Our federal Union: it must be preserved.
      - Andrew Jackson,
        toast given at the Jefferson Birthday celebration in 1830

Here's to the town of New Haven,
  The home of the truth and the light,
    Where God speaks to Jones,
      In the very same tones,
        That he uses with Hadley and Dwight.
      - Frederick Scheetz Jones,
        Reply to Dr. Bushnell's Toast

To the old, long life and treasure;
  To the young, all health and pleasure.
      - Ben Jonson,
        Metamorphosed Gipsies--Third Song

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
  And I will pledge with mine;
    Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
      And I'll not look for wine.
      - Ben Jonson, The Forest--Song to Celia


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