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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
The Bowl
By John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647–1680)
 
CONTRIVE me, Vulcan, such a cup
  As Nestor used of old,
Shew all thy skill to trim it up,
  Damask it round with gold.
 
Make it so large, that, filled with sack        5
  Up to the swelling brim,
Vast toasts on that delicious lake,
  Like ships at sea, may swim.
 
Engrave not battle on his cheek,
  With war I ’ve nought to do,        10
I ’m none of those that took Maestrick,
  Nor Yarmouth leaguer knew.
 
Let it no name of planets tell,
  Fixed stars or constellations,
For I am no Sir Sindrophel,        15
  Nor none of his relations.
 
But carve thereon a spreading vine;
  Then add two lovely boys;
Their limbs in amorous folds entwine,
  The types of future joys.        20
 
Cupid and Bacchus my saints are,
  May Drink and Love still reign,
With wine I wash away my care,
  And then to love again.
 
 
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