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Where is the limit to eternity to come & where to eternity past,
Now is the time of joy, there is no substitute for wine
Both theory & practice have passed beyond my ken
(But) wine unties the knot of every difficulty.

 

Bodl 107

Where is the limit to eternity to come, and where to eternity past?
now is the time of joy, there is no substitute for wine:
both theory and practice have passed beyond my ken,
but wine unties the knot of every difficulty.

Chr 73

How long [shall we listen to] traditions about eternity to come and eternity past?
Theory as well as practice are beyond the measure of my ability.
In the hour of joy there is no substitute for wine.
Wine settles all difficulties.

F4 54

Waste not your Hour, nor in the vain pursuit
Of This and That endeavour and dispute;
Better be jocund with the fruitful Grape
Than sadden after none, or bitter, Fruit.

HA 54b

How long this talk about the eternity to come, and the eternity past?
Now is the time of joy, there is no substitute for wine!
Both theory and practice have passed beyond my ken,
(But) Wine unties the knot of every difficulty.

P 529

With Eternity, zealot, how long wilt us ply?
From my thought, root and branch, I have long put it by.
Drink wine, for there's nothing its place can supply;
Each knot of perplexment sheer wine doth untie.

Th 342

How long will prate of all eternity?
'T is past my science and my theory;
Wine has no substitute in time of joy,
'T is wine for every riddle turns the key. 

Wh 304

Peace! the eternal "Has been" and "To be"
Pass man's experience, and man's theory;
In joyful seasons naught can vie with wine,
To all these riddles wine supplies the key! 

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