Ebrietatis Encomium

or, the Praise of Drunkenness

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Published: 1812
Language: English
Wordcount: 36,748 / 117 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.9
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 427
Added to site: 2009.06.22
mnybks.net#: 24503
Genre: Essays

WHEREIN IS AUTHENTICALLY,ANDMOST EVIDENTLY PROVED,THE NECESSITYOFFREQUENTLY GETTING DRUNK;AND, THAT THE PRACTICE IS MOST ANCIENT,PRIMITIVE, AND CATHOLIC.

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vig'rous heat; That love may sov'reign reign in ev'ry part, And drive unworthy weakness from our heart. Thrice happy, if surpriz'd by death one day, Absorpt in sweetest bliss we die away.

But to return to my subject. We are told for certain, that the Scythians used to drink out of a skull; and probably they had the same design in doing so as the Egyptians had in looking on their skeletons. But leaving these objects, which cannot be very diverting, in what view soever one may consider them, let us come to the Romans. Gruter tells us in his Inscriptions[8], that they used to cry out at their feasts,

AMICI, DUM VIVIMUS, VIVAMUS.

That is, "Friends, while we live, let us be merry." For Raderus has evidently made it appear, by several examples out of Catullus, Cecilius, Varro, Anacreon, and other ancient authors, that vivere, or to live, signifies to make merry, to give one's self up to all kinds of pleasures, making good cheer, &c.

I know not whether the Gasc

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