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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. IV: Literature of the Republic, Part I., Constitutional period, 1788–1820
 
Song: ‘Boy, shut to the door, and bid trouble begone’
By William Cliffton (1772–1799)
 
[From Poems, chiefly Occasional, by the late Mr. Cliffton. 1800.]

BOY, shut to the door, and bid trouble begone,
  If sorrow approach, turn the key;
Our comfort this night from the glass shall be drawn,
  And mirth our companion shall be.
 
Who would not with pleasure the moments prolong,        5
When tempted with Friendship, Love, Wine, and a Song?
 
What art thou, kind power, that softenest me so,
  That kindlest this love-boding sigh,
That bid’st with affection my bosom o’erflow,
  And send’st the fond tear to my eye?        10
 
I know thee! forever thy visit prolong,
Sweet spirit of Friendship, Love, Wine, and a Song.
 
See the joy-waking influence rapidly fly,
  And spirit with spirit entwine,
The effulgence of rapture enamels each eye,        15
  Each soul rides triumphant like mine.—
 
On a sea of good-humor floats gayly along,
Surrounded with Friendship, Love, Wine, and a Song.
 
And now to the regions of Fancy we soar,
  Through scenes of enchantment we stray,        20
We revel in transports untasted before,
  Or loiter with love on the way;
 
Resolved like good fellows the time to prolong
That cheers us with Friendship, Love, Wine, and a Song.
 
For Friendship, the solace of mortals below,        25
  In the thicket of life loves a rose,
Good wine can content on misfortune bestow,
  And a song’s not amiss, I suppose.
 
Then fill, my good fellows, the moment prolong,
With a bumper to Friendship, Love, Wine, and a Song.        30
 
 
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