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Richard Le Gallienne 1866 to 1947
Richard Le Gallienne
1866-1947
(by Alfred Ellis 1854-1930)


Theme:  Temperance Movement


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Ballade To A Departing God
In A Copy Of FitzGerald's "Omar"

Omar Khayyam

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Ballade Of The Absent Guest
Richard Le Gallienne (1866 -1947), English poet

Friends whom to-night once more I greet,
Most glad am I with you to be,
And, as I look around, I meet
Many a face right good to see;
But one I miss – ah! where is he? –
Of merry eye and sparkling jest,
Who used to brim my glass for me;
I drink - in what? – the Absent Guest.

Low lies he in his winding-sheet,
By organized hypocrisy
Hurled from his happy wine-clad seat,
Stilled his kind heart and hushed his glee;
His very name daren't mention we,
That good old friend who brought such zest,
And set our tongues and spirits free:
I drink - in what? – the Absent Guest.

No choice to-night 'twixt "dry" or "sweet,"
'Twixt red or white, 'twixt Rye, – ah! me –
Or Scotch – and think! we live to see't –
No whispered word, nor massive fee,
Nor even influenza plea,
Can raise a bubble; but, as best
We may, we make our hollow spree:
I drink - in what? – the Absent Guest.

ENVOI

Friends, good is coffee, good is tea,
And water has a charm unguessed –
And yet – that brave old deity!
I drink – in tears – the Absent Guest.


from A Jongleur Strayed: Verses on Love and Other Matters Sacred and Profane (1922)


       
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