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B. A. Gould

Theme:  Love and Romance

In this wine poem, the poet has a vision of his beloved's face in the bottom of his wine glass. Thomas Moore (1779-1852) has a similar fantasy, but he actually has his love's face painted in the bottom of his goblet.  See Thomas Moore's Anacreontic poem I filled to thee, to thee I drank.
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Drinking Song
B. A. Gould, Jr. in Harvard Lampoon

Let sparkling wine o'er brim the glass,
And kiss its lips in haste to fly;
But though it would to glory pass,
It is not eager as am I.
I fain would drain the utmost drop,
And leave the beaker's hollow bare,
For when I turn its foot atop,
I see my true love's image there.

Each bubble of the dancing wine
Symbols a love-kiss softly given,
And rising upward is a sign
That earth hath joys to equal heaven.
Ah! were the cup a league in rim,
And deep as is the ocean's blue,
I'd hold its girth were all too slim
And wine of kisses thrice too few.

from Cap And Gown: A Treasury of College Verse (1897)


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