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Wine and Water
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), British writer

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G. K. Chesterton
G. K. Chesterton
1874-1936


Themes:  Temperance Movement

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NOTES:
Ever since Dionysus blessed the world with grape vines, those who have rallied against the evils of wine have pushed for a “watered-down” version of the beverage.

"Mendip" (2nd stanza) is a mining area of Great Britain.

The last stanza is a rail against the banning of  wine (and other alcoholic beverages) at a variety of events well-known in  the  British Isles of Chesterton's day.  "Eisteddfod" is a festival featuring  poetry and music, Welsh in origin. 

For another wine poem that draws upon the Hebrew Scripture's tale of Noah and the flood, see
The Origins Of Wine
by John Godfrey Saxe.
-S. H. Bass   


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Wine and Water                                              
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), British writer

Old Noah he had an ostrich farm and fowls on the largest scale,
He ate his egg with a ladle in a egg-cup big as a pail,
And the soup he took was Elephant Soup and fish he took was Whale,
But they all were small to the cellar he took when he set out to sail,
And Noah he often said to his wife when he sat down to dine,
"I don't care where the water goes if it doesn't get into the wine."

The cataract of the cliff of heaven fell blinding
off the brink
As if it would wash the stars away as suds go down a sink,
The seven heavens came roaring down for the throats of hell to drink,
And Noah he cocked his eye and said, "It looks like rain, I think,
The water has drowned the Matterhorn as deep as a Mendip mine,
But I don't care where the water goes if it doesn't get into the wine."

But Noah he sinned, and we have sinned; on tipsy feet we trod,
Till a great big black teetotaler was sent to us for a rod,
And you can't get wine at a P.S.A. , or chapel, or Eisteddfod,
For the Curse of Water has come again because of the wrath of God,
And water is on the Bishop's board and the Higher Thinker's shrine,
But I don't care where the water goes if it doesn't get into the wine.                                                                               

from Wine, Water, and Song (1920)


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