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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Extracts from Anacreontiques: Drinking
By Abraham Cowley (1618–1667)
 
THE THIRSTY earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks, and gapes for drink again,
The plants suck in the earth, and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair.
The sea itself, which one would think        5
Should have but little need of drink,
Drinks ten thousand rivers up,
So fill’d that they oerflow the cup.
The busy sun (and one would guess
By its drunken fiery face no less)        10
Drinks up the sea, and when he ’s done,
The moon and stars drink up the sun.
They drink and dance by their own light,
They drink and revel all the night.
Nothing in nature ’s sober found,        15
But an eternal health goes round.
Fill up the bowl then, fill it high,
Fill all the glasses there, for why
Should every creature drink but I,
Why, man of morals, tell me why?        20
 
 
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