The horse and cow live thirty years
and nothing know of wines and beers,
The Goat and sheep at twenty die
with ne'er a tast of scotch or rye,
The sow drinks water by the ton
and at eighteen is nearly done,
the dog of fifteen cashes in
without the aid of rum and gin,
The cat in milk and water soaks
and then at twelve short years it croaks,
the modest,sober, bone-dry hen
lays eggs for years and dies at ten.
All animals are strictly dry,
they sinless live and swiftly die.
But sinful, ginful, rum-soaked men
survives to three score years and ten.
An some of them, the mighty few
Stay pickled until they're ninety two.