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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
The Epicure
By Abraham Cowley (1618–1667)
 
(Anacreontiques)

FILL the bowl with rosy wine,
Around our temples roses twine.
And let us cheerfully awhile,
Like the wine and roses, smile.
Crown’d with roses we contemn        5
Gyges’ wealthy diadem.
To-day is ours; what do we fear?
To-day is ours; we have it here.
Let’s treat it kindly, that it may
Wish, at least, with us to stay.        10
Let’s banish business, banish sorrow;
To the gods belongs tomorrow.
 
 
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