Alternatively called a Health to the Company, this song battles with another song of similar theme for its original title: "Parting Glass." The songs were contemporaries, and it is a point of some debate which piece is the correct "Parting Glass."
Health to the Company is somewhat of a folk staple and has various arrangements, making it difficult to determine a 'true' rendition.
These lyrics are based on the version performed by the Longest Johns in their Livestreams.
Kind friends and companions, come join me in rhyme,
Come lift up your voices in chorus with mine;
Come lift up your voices all grief to refrain,
For we may or might never all meet here again
Here's a health to the company and one to my lass,
Let us drink and be merry all out of one glass;
Let us drink and be merry all grief to refrain,
For we may or might never all meet here again.
Here's a health to the dear lass that I love so well,
For her style and her beauty, sure none can excel,
There's a smile on her countenance as she sits on my knee
there's no man in this wide world as happy as me
Our ship lies at anchor, she's ready to dock,
I wish her safe landing, without any shock,
If ever I should meet you by land or by sea,
I will always remember your kindness to me.