Glee – The Ghosts

by THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK (1785-1866)
From Melincourt

IN LIFE three ghostly friars were we,
And now three friarly ghosts we be.
Around our shadowy table placed,
The spectral bowl before us floats:
With wine that none but ghosts can taste,
We wash our unsubstantial throats.
Three merry ghosts— three merry ghosts—
three merry ghosts are we:
Let the ocean be Port, and we’ll think it good sport
To be laid in that Red Sea.

With songs that jovial spectres chaunt,
Our old refectory still we haunt.
The traveller hears our midnight mirth:
“O list!” he cries, “the haunted choir!
“The merriest ghost that walks the earth, ”
“Is sure the ghost of a ghostly friar.”
Three merry ghosts— three merry ghosts—
three merry ghosts are we:
Let the ocean be Port, and we’ll think it good sport
To be laid in that Red Sea.

Music courtesy of Edward Gold
Vocals courtesy of David W. Solomons
Artwork courtesy of Joseph Dillon Ford

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