- 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: 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.