Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. IX. Tragedy: Humor
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IX. Tragedy: Humor.  1904.
Humorous Poems: II. Miscellaneous
Ode for a Social Meeting
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)
With Slight Alterations by a Teetotaller

COME! fill a fresh bumper,—for why should we go
While the [nectar vs. logwood] still reddens our cups as they flow?
Pour out the [rich juices vs. decoction] still bright with the sun,
Till o’er the brimmed crystal the [rubies vs. dye-stuff] shall run.
The [purple-globed clusters vs. half-ripened apples] their life-dews have bled;        5
How sweet is the [breath vs. taste] of the [fragrance they shed vs. sugar of lead]!
For summer’s [last roses vs. rank-poisons] lie hid in the [wines vs. wines!!!]
That were garnered by [maidens who laughed through the vines vs. stable-boys smoking long-nines].
Then a [smile vs. scowl] and a [glass vs. howl], and a [toast vs. scoff], and a [cheer vs. sneer],
For [all the good wine, and we ’ve some of it here vs. strychnine and whiskey, and ratsbane and beer]!        10
In cellar, in pantry, in attic, in hall,
[Long live the gay servant that laughs for us all vs. Down, down with the tyrant that masters us all]!

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