- 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.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
- Word Count: 144
Dunbar, P. (1913). The Stirrup Cup. Lyrics of the Hearthside (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved June 21, 2021, from
Dunbar, Paul Laurence. "The Stirrup Cup." Lyrics of the Hearthside. Lit2Go Edition. 1913. Web. <>. June 21, 2021.
Paul Laurence Dunbar, "The Stirrup Cup," Lyrics of the Hearthside, Lit2Go Edition, (1913), accessed June 21, 2021,.
Come, drink a stirrup cup with me,
Before we close our rouse.
You ‘re all aglow with wine, I know:
The master of the house,
Unmindful of our revelry,
Has drowned the carking devil care,
And slumbers in his chair.
Come, drink a cup before we start;
We ‘ve far to ride to–night.
And Death may take the race we make,
And check our gallant flight:
But even he must play his part,
And tho’ the look he wears be grim,
We ‘ll drink a toast to him!
For Death,—a swift old chap is he,
And swift the steed He rides.
He needs no chart o’er main or mart,
For no direction bides.
So, come, a final, cup with me,
And let the soldiers’ chorus swell,—
To hell with care, to hell!