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Scripture (Genesis 9:20-21) tells us that one of the
earliest acts of Noah, after the flood, was to plant a
vineyard. John Saxe, drawing on German folklore, embellishes
this event with
some humorous details.
humorous wine poem based on the Noah and wine theme, see Wine
by G. K. Chesterton.
- S. H. Bass
Origin Of Wine
Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887), American poet
friends of good cheer, I pray you give ear;
sing of old Noah who planted the vine;
first, if you please, our thirst to appease,
drink to his health in a bumper of wine!
the Deluge was o'er, and good Father Noah
moping one day in the shade of a tree,
Angel came near, and thinking it queer,
"Tell me, I pray, what the matter may be."
Noah: "I'm curst with a horrible thirst;
painful, indeed, I am ready to sink;
have plenty to eat, there's no lack of meat;
sir, on my honor, I've nothing to drink!
on every side," the Angel replied,
is water enough both in river and rill,
fever to slake – not to mention the lake,
many a fountain that flows from the hill."
Noah: "I know the waters still flow,
the Deluge has ruined the fluid for drink;
many bad men were soaked in it then,
water now tastes of the sinners, I think."
can't be denied," the Angel replied,
is something of reason in what you have said;
the water is bad, it is fitting you had
good wholesome tipple to drink in its stead."
flying away, the very next day
Angel came back with a handful of seeds;
taught the good man the properest plan
planting, and hoeing, and killing the weeds.
what color and shape! 't is the beautiful grape;
clusters of purple they hang from the vine;
these being pressed -- it is easily guessed,
Noah thenceforward drank nothing but wine.
a cup ere we part to the man of our heart,
Noah, the primitive grower of wine;
one brimming cup (nay, fill it quite up)
the Angel who gave him the seed of the vine!
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