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1 THOUGH Bacchus may boast of his care-killing bowl,
2 And folly in thought-drowning revels delight,
3 Such worship, alas! has no charms for the soul
4 When softer devotions the senses invite.
5 To the arrow of fate, or the canker of care,
6 His potion oblivious a balm may bestow;
7 But to fancy that feeds on the charms of the fair
8 The death of reflection's the birth of all woe.
9 What soul that's possess'd of a dream so divine
10 With riot would bid the sweet vision be gone?
11 For the tear that bedews sensibility's shrine
12 Is a drop of more worth than all Bacchus's tun!
13 The tender excess which enamours the heart
14 To few is imparted, to millions denied;
15 Of those exquisite feelings, that please tho' we smart,
16 Let fools make their jest, for them sages have died.
17 Each change and excess have thro' life been my doom,
18 And well can I speak of its joy and its strife;
19 The bottle affords us a glimpse through the gloom,
20 But Love's the true sunshine that gladdens our life.
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21 Come, then, rosy Venus, and spread o'er my sight
22 The magic illusions that ravish the soul!
23 Awake in my breast the soft dream of delight,
24 And drop from thy myrtle one leaf in my bowl!
25 Then deep will I drink of the nectar divine,
26 Nor e'er, jolly god, from thy banquet remove;
27 Each throb of my heart shall accord with the wine
28 That's mellow'd by friendship and sweeten'd by love!
29 And now, my gay comrades, the myrtle and vine
30 Shall united their blessings the choicest impart;
31 Let reason, not riot, the garland entwine β€”
32 The result must be pleasure and peace to the heart.


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Title (in Source Edition): THOUGH BACCHUS MAY BOAST.
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Blamire, Susanna, 1747-1794. The Poetical Works of Miss Susanna Blamire β€œThe muse of Cumberland.” Now for the first time collected by Henry Lonsdale, M.D. with a preface, memoir, and notes by Patrick Maxwell, ... Edinburgh: John Menzies, 61 Princes Street; R. Tyas, London; D. Robertson, Glasgow; and C. Thurnam, Carlisle. MDCCCXLII., 1842, pp. 178-179.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [42.256].)

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