|The Rhyme Maker
Theme: Praising Wine
Christi is a well-known wine of Italy, it's name (literally
translated as “tears of Christ”) refering to an old myth that the
fertile lands around Mt. Vesuvius were blessed by the tears of
- S. H. Bass
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Saltus Saltus (1849-1889), American poet
is a sadness in their very name,
by holy monks in ways unknown.
dost refresh, but, ah! not that alone,
wormwood lingers in thy ruddy flame.
warm by thee, the heart feels full of shame.
merry birds of jocund thought have flown.
as by magic, meditative grown,
mind no more can peace or pleasure claim.
then I dream that in departed years,
Calvary when the dark day was drear.
by angry Heaven's supreme eclipse,
to assuage the suffering Savior's tears,
brutally tendered on a Roman spear.
the foul sponge that withered his sweet lips!
Flasks and Flagons (1892)
Flasks and Flagons by Francis Saltus