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Witter Bynner
Witter Bynner
1881-1968


Theme:  Love and Romance

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Bacchanalian
I Drink
I Find

The Mystic


Stop Button Clutter!
The Hypocrite
Witter Bynner (1881-1968), American poet


When Celia said that for her sake
I must not take of wine,
My habit or her heart must break,
I straightway drew the line
Yet not so much for Celia's sake
As secretly for mine.


By grace of her I'm full of wit,
Or think I am what matters it ?


I gave it up because I won
A wine thereby so rare
That out of all the vineyards none
Has yielded to compare!
I left it off because I won
The sparkling of her hair!


By grace of her I feel my worth
Immortal on a mortal earth.


And Celia meantime loves to laud
My exodus from vice,
And does not guess me by the fraud
Intoxicated thrice,
Watches in fact a little awed
The seeming sacrifice.


I wonder would she take amiss
Confession of my wickedness?

from An Ode to Harvard and other poems (1907)












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The Selected Witter Bynner: Poems, Plays, Translations, Prose, and Letters by Witter Bynner  (Author), James Kraft (Author, Editor)









            

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