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TOASTS
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[ Also see Drinking Flags Liquor Wine and Spirits ]

The thirst that from the soul doth rise,
  Doth ask a drink divine;
    But might I of Jove's nectar sup,
      I would not change for thine.
      - Ben Jonson, The Forest--To Celia

Come in the evening, or come in the morning--
  Come when you're looked for, or come without warning;
    A thousand welcomes you'll find here before you,
      And the oftener you come here the more I'll adore you!
      - Sir Thomas More

A glass is good, and a lass is good,
  And a pipe to smoke in cold weather;
    The world is good and the people are good,
      And we're all good fellows together.
      - John O'Keeffe, Sprigs of Laurel
         (act II, sc. 1)

May all your labors be in vein.
      - Old English Saying,
        Mining Toast in Yorkshire

The wind that blows, the ship that goes
  And the lass the loves a sailor.
      - Old English Saying, Popular Toast,
        used in England about 1820

May your glass be ever full
  May the roof over your head be always strong,
    And may you be in heaven
      Half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.
      - Old Irish Saying, Irish drinking toast

There's a health to poverty; it sticks by us when all friends forsake us.
      - Old Saying,
        a toast given in the "Boston Bee"

Here's a health to all those that we love,
  Here's a health to all those that love us,
    Here's a health to all those that love them that love those
      That love them that love those that love us.
      - Old Saying, Old Toast

Here's a health to you and yours who have done such things for us and ours.
  And when we and ours have it in our powers to do for you and yours what you and yours have done for us and ours,
    Then we and ours will do for you and yours what you and yours have done for us and ours.
      - Old Saying, Old Toast

Here's to you, as good as you are,
  And here's to me, as bad as I am;
    But as good as you are, and as bad as I am,
      I am as good as your are, as bad as I am.
      - Old Scottish Saying, Old Scotch Toast

Drink to me with thine eyes alone; or if thou wilt, having put it to thy lips, fill the cup with kisses, and so give it me.
      - Philostratus, Epistles (24)

I, whenever I see thee, thirst, and holding the cup, apply it to my lips more for thy sake than for drinking.
      - Philostratus, Letters (XXV)

I fill this cup to one made up
  Of loveliness alone,
    A woman, of her gentle sex
      The seeming paragon;
        To whom the better elements
          And kindly stars have given
            A form so fair that, like the air,
              'Tis less of earth than heaven.
      - Edward Coate Pinkney, A Health

Some have meat but cannot eat;
  Some could eat but have no meat;
    We have meat and can all eat;
      Blest, therefore, be God for our meat.
      - Dr. Plume, The Selkirk Grace,
        in his manuscripts in a handwriting from about 1650

Say why are beauties praised and honored most,
  The wise man's passion and the vain man's Toast.
      - Alexander Pope

May the hinges of friendship never rust, or the wings of luve lose a feather.
      - Dean Edward Bannerman Ramsey,
        Reminiscences of Scottish Life: A Toast

I'll drink a cup to Scotland yet,
  Wi' a' the honours three.
      - Henry Scott (Scot) Riddell,
        Toast to Scotland

A garland for the hero's crest,
  And twined by her he loves the best;
    To every lovely lady bright,
      What can I wish but faithful knight?
        To every faithful lover, too,
          What can I wish but lady true?
            And knowledge to the studious sage;
              And pillow soft to head of age.
                To thee, dear school-boy, whom my lay
                  Has cheated of thy hour of play,
                    Light task and merry holiday!
                      To all, to each, a fair good-night,
                        And pleasing dreams and slumber light!
      - Sir Walter Scott

St. Leon raised his kindling eye,
  And lifts the sparkling cup on high;
    "I drink to one," he said,
      "Whose image never may depart,
        Deep graven on this grateful heart,
          Till memory be dead."
            . . . .
              St. Leon paused, as if he would
                Not breathe her name in careless mood
                  Thus lightly to another;
                    Then bent his noble head, as though
                      To give the word the reverence due,
                        And gently said, "My mother!"
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Knight's Toast

Quiet days, fair issue, and long life.
      - William Shakespeare

The cannons to the heavens, the heavens to earth,
  "Now the king drinks to Hamlet."
      - William Shakespeare

Give me the cups,
  And let the kettle to the trumpet speak,
    The trumpet to the cannoneer without,
      The cannons to the heavens, the heaven to earth,
        'Now the king drinks to Hamlet.'
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Claudius, King of Denmark at V, ii)

Here's to the maiden of bashful fifteen;
  Here's to the widow of fifty;
    Here's to the flaunting, extravagant quean;
      And here's to the housewife that's thrifty.
        (Chorus:) Let the toast pass,--
          Drink to the lass,
            I'll warrant she'll prove an excuse for the glass.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan,
        School for Scandal
         (act III, sc. 3, song)

L'Abbe de Ville proposed a toast,
  His master, as the rising Sun:
    Reisbach then gave the Empress Queen,
      As the bright moon and much praise won.
        The Earl of Stair, whose turn next came,
          Gave for his toast his own King Will,
            As Joshua the sun of Nun,
              Who made both Sun and Moon stand still.
      - Lord Stair,
        a metrical version of his toast, from the "Anecdote Library", 1822

A health to the nut-brown lass,
  With the hazel eyes: let it pass.
    . . . .
      As much to the lively grey
        'Tis as good i' th' night as day:
          . . . .
            She's a savour to the glass,
              And excuse to make it pass.
      - Sir John Suckling, Goblins (act III)


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