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One Bumper at Parting

Written by: Thomas Moore | Biography
 | Quotes (5) |
 One bumper at parting! -- though many 
Have circled the board since we met, 
The fullest, the saddest of any 
Remains to be crown'd by us yet. 
The sweetness that pleasure hath in it 
Is always so slow to come forth, 
That seldom, alas, till the minute 
It dies, do we know half its worth. 
But come -- may our life's happy measure 
Be all of such moments made up; 
They're born on the bosom of Pleasure, 
Thy die 'midst the tears of the cup. 

As onward we journey, how pleasant 
To pause and inhabit awhile 
Those few sunny spots, like the present, 
That 'mid the dull wilderness smile! 
But Time, like a pitiless master, 
Cries "Onward!" and spurs the gay hours -- 
Ah, never doth Time travel faster 
Than when his way lies among flowers. 
But come -- may our life's happy measure 
Be all of such moments made up; 
They're born on the bosom of Pleasure, 
They die 'midst the tears of the cup. 

We saw how the sun look'd in sinking, 
The waters beneath him how bright; 
And now, let our farewell of drinking 
Resemble that farewell of light. 
You saw how he finish'd by darting 
His beam o'er a deep billow's brim -- 
So, fill up, let's shine at our parting, 
In full liquid glory, like him. 
And oh! may our life's happy measure 
Of moments like this be made up, 
'Twas born on the bosom of Pleasure, 
It dies 'mid the tears of the cup.



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