- Year Published: 1896
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dickenson, E. (1896). The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One.Boston, MA: Roberts Brothers.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
- Word Count: 84
Dickinson, E. (1896). Life, Poem 20. The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved July 31, 2014, from
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Emily Dickinson, "Life, Poem 20," The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Series One, Lit2Go Edition, (1896), accessed July 31, 2014,.
I taste a liquor never brewed,
From tankards scooped in pearl;
Not all the vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an alcohol!
Inebriate of air am I,
And debauchee of dew,
Reeling, through endless summer days,
From inns of molten blue.
When landlords turn the drunken bee
Out of the foxglove's door,
When butterflies renounce their drams,
I shall but drink the more!
Till seraphs swing their snowy hats,
And saints to windows run,
To see the little tippler
Leaning against the sun!