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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
Frank Dempster Sherman. 1860–1916
19. Bacchus
LISTEN to the tawny thief, 
Hid beneath 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 gaily 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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