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Byron’s gardener unearthed a human skull while in the midst of his
duties one day:
it to be of giant size, and in a perfect state of preservation, a
strange fancy seized me of having it set and mounted as a drinking
cup. I accordingly sent it to town, and it returned with a
polish, and of a mottled color like tortoiseshell."
- S. H.
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The Goblet Again
Boat Is on the Shore
the epic poem Don
Few things surpass old wine
would question further
being reasonable, must get drunk
melancholy and a fearful sign
from A Translation
with the genial bowl
Lines Inscribed Upon A
Formed From A Skull
Byron (1788-1824), English poet
not - nor deem my spirit fled:
me behold the only skull,
which, unlike a living head,
flows is never dull.
lived, I loved, I quaff’d, like thee:
died: let earth my bones resign;
up - thou canst not injure me;
worm hath fouler lips than thine.
to hold the sparkling grape,
nurse the earth-worm’s slimy brood;
circle in the goblet’s shape
drink of Gods, than reptile’s food.
once my wit, perchance, hath shone,
aid of others’ let me shine;
when, alas! our brains are gone,
nobler substitute than wine?
while thou canst: another race,
thou and thine, like me, are sped,
rescue thee from earth’s embrace,
rhyme and revel with the dead.
not? since through life’s little day
heads such sad effects produce;
from worms and wasting clay,
chance is theirs, to be of use.
from The Works of Lord Byron, Vol. 1
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