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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XV: Greek—Roman—Oriental
 
Answer to a Reproach for Drunkenness
By Caliph Yazid I (c. 642–683)
 
MUST, then, my failings from the shaft
  Of anger ne’er escape?
And dost thou storm because I’ve quaffed
  The water of the grape?
 
That I can thus from wine be driv’n,        5
  Thou surely ne’er canst think—
Another reason thou hast giv’n
  Why I resolve to drink.
 
’Twas sweet the flowing cup to seize,
  ’Tis sweet thy rage to see;        10
And first I drink myself to please,
  And next, to anger thee.
 
 
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