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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
Upon Drinking in a Bowl
By John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647–1680)
VULCAN, contrive me such a cup
  As Nestor used of old;
Show all thy skill to trim it up,
  Damask it round with gold.
Make it so large that, filled with sack        5
  Up to the swelling brim,
Vast toasts on the delicious lake,
  Like ships at sea may swim.
Engrave not battle on his cheek,
  With war I’ve naught to do:        10
I’m none of those that took Maestrick,
  Nor Yarmouth leaguer knew.
Let it no name of planets tell,
  Fixed stars or constellations;
For I am no Sir Sidrophel,        15
  Nor none of his relations.
But carve thereon a spreading vine,
  Then add two lovely boys;
Their limbs in amorous folds entwine,
  The type of future joys.        20
Cupid and Bacchus my saints are,
  May Drink and Love still reign!
With wine I wash away my care,
  And then to love again.

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