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Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816)

Here's to the Maiden of Bashful Fifteen

              1Here's to the maiden of bashful fifteen;
              2    Here's to the widow of fifty;
              3Here's to the flaunting extravagant quean,
              4    And here's to the housewife that's thrifty.


              5    Let the toast pass,--
              6    Drink to the lass,
              7I'll warrant she'll prove an excuse for the glass.

              8Here's to the charmer whose dimples we prize;
              9    Now to the maid who has none, sir:
            10Here's to the girl with a pair of blue eyes,
            11    And here's to the nymph with but one, sir.


            12    Let the toast pass,--
            13    Drink to the lass,
            14I'll warrant she'll prove an excuse for the glass.

            15Here's to the maid with a bosom of snow;
            16    Now to her that's as brown as a berry:
            17Here's to the wife with her face full of woe,
            18    And now to the damsel that's merry.


            19    Let the toast pass,--
            20    Drink to the lass,
            21I'll warrant she'll prove an excuse for the glass.

            22For let 'em be clumsy, or let 'em be slim,
            23    Young or ancient, I care not a feather;
            24So fill a pint bumper quite up to the brim,
            25    And let us e'en toast them together.


            26    Let the toast pass,--
            27    Drink to the lass,
            28I'll warrant she'll prove an excuse for the glass.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal (1780); facs. edn. (Menston: Scolar, 1969), Act III, scene iii. PR 3682 S3 1780a Robarts Library
First publication date: 1777
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: 2RP.1.778; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/27

Rhyme: abab ccc

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