In Praise of Wine: A Heroic Poem
more Hilaire Belloc
In Praise of Wine: A Heroic Poem (abridged)
On The Excellence Of Burgundy Wine
Upon God, The Wine Giver
Belloc (1870-1953), British poet
Man made wine, I think God made it, too;
making all things, made Man, made good wine.
taught him how the little tendrils twine
the stakes of labor close and true.
next, with intimate prophetic laughter,
taught the Man, in His own image blest,
pluck and wagon and to – all the rest!
tread the grape and work his vintage after.
did God make us, making good wine makers;
did He order us to rule the field
now by God are we not only bakers;
winners also sacraments to yield;
most of all strong lovers, Praised be God!
taught us how the wine-press should be trod!
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