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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
 
Richard Hovey. 1864–1900
 
31. A Stein Song
(From "Spring")
 
GIVE a rouse, then, in the Maytime 
  For a life that knows no fear! 
Turn night-time into daytime 
  With the sunlight of good cheer! 
      For it's always fair weather         5
      When good fellows get together, 
  With a stein on the table and a good song ringing clear. 
  
When the wind comes up from Cuba, 
  And the birds are on the wing, 
And our hearts are patting juba  10
  To the banjo of the spring, 
      Then it's no wonder whether 
      The boys will get together, 
  With a stein on the table and a cheer for everything. 
  
For we're all frank-and-twenty  15
  When the spring is in the air; 
And we've faith and hope a-plenty, 
  And we've life and love to spare; 
      And it's birds of a feather 
      When we all get together,  20
  With a stein on the table and a heart without a care. 
  
For we know the world is glorious, 
  And the goal a golden thing, 
And that God is not censorious 
  When his children have their fling;  25
      And life slips its tether 
      When the boys get together, 
  With a stein on the table in the fellowship of spring. 
 
 
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