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Lord Byron (1788–1824).  Poetry of Byron.  1881.
I. Personal, Lyric, and Elegiac
To Thomas Moore
MY boat is on the shore,
  And my bark is on the sea;
But, before I go, Tom Moore,
  Here’s a double health to thee!
Here’s a sigh to those who love me,        5
  And a smile to those who hate;
And, whatever sky’s above me,
  Here’s a heart for every fate.
Though the ocean roar around me,
  Yet it still bear me on:        10
Though a desert should surround me,
  It hath springs that may be won.
Were’t the last drop in the well,
  As I gasp’d upon the brink,
Ere my fainting spirit fell,        15
  ’Tis to thee that I would drink.
With that water, as this wine,
  The libation I would pour
Should be—peace with thine and mine,
  And a health to thee, Tom Moore.        20

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