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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. I–II: Colonial Literature, 1607–1764
 
To His Companion at Sea
By Aquila Rose (1695–1723)
 
[Born in England. Clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly. Died, 1723. Poems on Several Occasions. 1740.]

DEBARRED, my friend, of all the joys
  The land, and charming sex can give,
Nor wind, nor wave, our peace destroys;
  We’ll laugh, and drink, and nobly live.
 
The generous wine imparts a heat        5
  To raise and quicken every sense.
No thoughts of death our bliss defeat,
  Nor steal away our innocence.
 
Secure, should earth in ruins lie,
  Should seas and skies in rage combine;        10
Unmoved, all dangers we’ll defy,
  And feast our souls with generous wine.
 
For, should a fear each sense possess,
  Of chilly death and endless fate,
Our sorrow ne’er can make it less;        15
  But wine alone can dissipate.
 
Then fill the glass; nay, fill a bowl,
  And fill it up with sparkling wine;
It shall the strongest grief control,
  And make soft wit with pleasure join.        20
 
 
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