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Poem by William Dean Howells


If


Yes, death is at the bottom of the cup,
And every one that lives must drink it up;
And yet between the sparkle at the top
And the black lees where lurks the bitter drop,
There swims enough good liquor, Heaven knows,
To ease our hearts of all their other woes.

The bubbles rise in sunshine at the brim;
That drop below is very far and dim;
The quick fumes spread, and shape us such bright dreams
That in the glad delirium it seems
As though by some deft sleight, if so we willed,
That drop untasted might be somehow spilled.



William Dean Howells


William Dean Howells's other poems:
  1. The Song the Oriole Sings
  2. In Earliest Spring
  3. The Sarcastic Fair
  4. What Shall It Profit?
  5. Saint Christopher


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Rudyard Kipling If ("If you can keep your head when all about you")

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