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Theme: Praising Wine
stanza: Thackeray and Theodore Hook were well known persons of wit in
the late 19th century.
- S. H. Bass
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Saltus Saltus (1849-1889), American poet
unto me they bring, with gentle care,
nectar, sleeping in the cobwebbed flask,
is no boon of fairy gods to ask
pain annihilating or more rare.
gloomy gray of storm-clouds seemeth fair,
makest light the long day's onerous task,
lies life's tedium and its mask,
love and laughter enter everywhere.
then I see old bankers, flushed with pride,
on politics, and gold, and Pitt;
cheerier far, in some dim tavern's nook,
see in dreams dear Jerrold, by the side
glorious Thackeray, listening to the wit
gay, infectous laugh of Theodore Hook!
Flasks and Flagons (1892)
Flasks and Flagons by Francis Saltus