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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VII. Descriptive: Narrative.  1904.
 
Descriptive Poems: I. Personal: Great Writers
To Thomas Moore
Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
MY boat is on the shore,
  And my bark is on the sea;
But before I go, Tom Moore,
  Here ’s a double health to thee!
 
Here ’s a sigh to those who love me,        5
  And a smile to those who hate;
And, whatever sky ’s above me,
  Here ’s a heart for every fate:
 
Though the ocean roar around me,
  Yet it still shall bear me on;        10
Though a desert should surround me,
  It hath springs that may be won.
 
Were ’t the last drop in the well,
  As I gasped upon the brink,
Ere my fainting spirit fell,        15
  ’T is to thee that I would drink.
 
With that water, as this wine,
  The libation I would pour
Should be,—Peace with thine and mine,
  And a health to thee, Tom Moore!        20
 
 
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