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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
A Bacchanalian Song
By Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall) (1787–1874)
SING!—Who sings
To her who weareth a hundred rings?
  Ah, who is this lady fine?
  The VINE, boys, the VINE!
  The mother of mighty Wine.        5
    A roamer is she
    O’er wall and tree,
And sometimes very good company.
Drink!—Who drinks
To her who blusheth and never thinks?        10
  Ah! who is this maid of thine?
  The GRAPE, boys, the GRAPE!
  O, never let her escape
  Until she be turned to Wine!
    For better is she,        15
    Than vine can be,
And very very good company!
Dream!—who dreams
Of the God that governs a thousand streams?
  Ah, who is this Spirit fine?        20
  ’Tis WINE, boys, ’tis WINE!
  God Bacchus, a friend of mine.
    O better is he
    Than grape or tree,
And the best of all good company.        25

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