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Lyrics of Love and Laughter

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

At the Tavern

Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1913
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
  • Word Count: 98

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A lilt and a swing,
And a ditty to sing,
Or ever the night grow old;
The wine is within,
And I ‘m sure ‘t were a sin
For a soldier to choose to be cold, my dear,
For a soldier to choose to be cold.
We ‘re right for a spell,
But the fever is—well,
No thing to be braved, at least;
So bring me the wine;
No low fever in mine,
For a drink is more kind than a priest, my dear,
For a drink is more kind than a priest.