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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
Bacchus
By Frank Dempster Sherman (1860–1916)
 
[Born in Peekskill, N. Y., 1860. Died in New York, N. Y., 1916. Madrigals and Catches. 1887.—Uncollected Poems. 1887–89.]

LISTEN to the tawny thief,
Hid behind the waxen leaf,
Growling at his fairy host,
Bidding her with angry boast
Fill his cup with wine distilled        5
From the dew the dawn has spilled:
Stored away in golden casks
Is the precious draught he asks.
 
Who,—who makes this mimic din
In this mimic meadow inn,        10
Sings in such a drowsy note,
Wears a golden belted coat;
Loiters in the dainty room
Of this tavern of perfume;
Dares to linger at the cup        15
Till the yellow sun is up?
 
Bacchus, ’tis, come back again
To the busy haunts of men;
Garlanded and gayly dressed,
Bands of gold about his breast;        20
Straying from his paradise,
Having pinions angel-wise,—
’Tis the honey-bee, who goes
Reveling within a rose!
 
 
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