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Wendell Holmes, Sr. was a noted physician and lecturer, as well as a
voluminous "part-time" poet. It was in his role as a
lecturer/public speaker that Holmes wrote many of his poems, and much
of his poetry bear a perspective of some special occasion.
son (“Junior”, 1831-1935) was a Justice of the United States
Supreme Court. This Supreme Court jurist inherited his father's wit,
which is often displayed in his pithy remarks and official
opinions. Junior is one of the “most-cited” justices of the
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- S. H. Bass
Wendell Holmes at vintagewinepoems.com
Lyre Of Anacreon
For A Social Meeting –
With Slight Alterations By A Teetotaler
Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
fill a fresh bumper, for why should we go
still reddens our cups as they flow?
out the rich
juices still bright with the sun,
o'er the brimmed crystal the rubies
clusters their life-dews have bled;
sweet is the breath
of the fragrance
[sugar of lead]
roses lie hid in the wines
were garnered by maidens
who laughed through the vines
and a glass
and a toast
and a cheer
all the good wine, and we 've some of it here!
and whiskey, and ratsbane and beer!]
cellar, in pantry, in attic, in hall,
live the gay servant that laughs for us all!
down with the tyrant that masters us all!]
from The Poetical
Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes
The Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes
Free E-Book at Project Gutenberg