“The Parting Glass” has been sung by friends saying goodbye in Scotland since 1605, the year Cervantes sketched Don Quixote in the air with his pen. Variations and fragments appeared across time until the melody was finally collected and codified in 1782. “The Parting Glass” is often sung at funerals.
Of all the money that e’er I had, I spent it in good company.
But since it has so ought to be, a time to rise and a time to fall,
Come fill to me the parting glass, “Good night” and joy be to you all. Of all the comrades that e’er I’ve had, they are sorry for my going away, and all the sweethearts that e’er I had, they would wish me one more day to stay. And all I’ve done for want of wit, to memory now I can’t recall, Come fill to me the parting glass, “Good night” and joy be to you all.