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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
The Overflowing Cup
By Andrew Bice Saxton
INTO the crystal chalice of the soul
  Is falling, drop by drop, Life’s blending mead.
  The pleasant waters of our childhood speed
And enter first; and Love pours in its whole
Deep flood of tenderness and gall. There roll        5
  The drops of sweet and bitter that proceed
  From wedded trustfulness, and hearts that bleed
For children that outrun us to the goal.
And later come the calmer joys of age—
  The restful streams of quietude that flow        10
Around their fading lives, whose heritage
  Is whitened locks and voice serene and low.
These added blessings round the vessel up—
Death is the overflowing of the cup.

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