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Boys and girls, come out to play.
Shake your skeletons! Shake your skeletons!
Life’s a hazard all must pay.
Rattle your bones!
Watch the chances turning daily,
Lost? Keep on! Why look so palely!
Throw your main and throw it gaily—
Shake your skeletons! Rattle your bones!

Up! Play up! and damn dismay.
Shake your skeletons!
Lost again! Who’s next? Hooray!
Rattle your bones! Rattle your bones!
Never steep too long in sorrow;
Clouds to-day mean sun to-morrow;
Trouble’s not a thing to borrow—
Shake your skeletons! Rattle your bones!

Here’s a girl and a wedding day—
Shake your skeletons! Shake your skeletons!
Here’s a horse and a gallant fray—
Rattle your bones!
Though your roof be but a hovel,
Empty purse is nothing novel,
Up! Live up! and scorn to grovel—
Shake your skeletons! Rattle your bones!

Time and tide can never stay—
Shake your skeletons! Shake your skeletons!
Fortune’s here or far away—
Rattle your bones! Rattle your bones!
Hang your grumbling! Be a grinner …
What! all done? And Death’s the winner!
One last fling, then, saint or sinner—
Shake your coffins! Rattle your bones!

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