Verse > Emily Dickinson > Complete Poems > I. Life > 20. “I taste a liquor never brewed”
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD

Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part One: Life

XX


I TASTE a liquor never brewed,
From tankards scooped in pearl;
Not all the vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an alcohol!
  
Inebriate of air am I,        5
And debauchee of dew,
Reeling, through endless summer days,
From inns of molten blue.
  
When landlords turn the drunken bee
Out of the foxglove’s door,        10
When butterflies renounce their drams,
I shall but drink the more!
  
Till seraphs swing their snowy hats,
And saints to windows run,
To see the little tippler        15
Leaning against the sun!

CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD

  PREVIOUS NEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors