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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
819. The Stirrup-Cup
 
By Sidney Lanier
 
 
DEATH, thou ’rt a cordial old and rare:
Look how compounded, with what care
Time got his wrinkles reaping thee
Sweet herbs from all antiquity.
 
David to thy distillage went,        5
Keats, and Gotama excellent,
Omar Khayyám, and Chaucer bright,
And Shakespeare for a king-delight.
 
Then, Time, let not a drop be spilt:
Hand me the cup whene’er thou wilt;        10
’T is thy rich stirrup-cup to me;
I ’ll drink it down right smilingly.
 

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