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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XV: Greek—Roman—Oriental
 
Intoxication
By Li Bai (701–762)
 
WHAT is life, after all, but a dream,
  And why should such pother be made?
Better far to be tipsy, I deem,
  And doze all day long in the shade.
 
When I wake, and look out on the lawn,        5
  I hear ’mid the flowers a bird sing;
I ask, “Is it evening, or dawn?”
  The mango-bird whistles, “’Tis spring!”
 
O’erpower’d with the beautiful sight,
  Another full goblet I pour,        10
And would sing till the moon rises bright—
  But soon I’m as drunk as before.
 
 
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