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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Songs and Their Settings
Iago’s Soldier-Songs
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From ‘Othello

AND let me the canakin clink, clink;
  And let me the canakin clink:
        A soldier’s a man;
        A life’s but a span:
  Why then let a soldier drink.        5
 
KING STEPHEN was a worthy peer,
  His breeches cost him but a crown;
He held them sixpence all too dear,
  With that he called the tailor—lown.
He was a wight of high renown,        10
  And thou art but of low degree:
’Tis pride that pulls the country down,
  Then take thine auld cloak about thee.
 
 
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