Sunday Up the River
An Idyll of Cockaigne
Fraser's Magazine (1865). AP 4 F8 Robarts Library
I1.1Give a man a horse he can ride,
1.2 Give a man a boat he can sail;
1.3And his rank and wealth, his strength and health,
1.4 On sea nor shore shall fail.
1.5Give a man a pipe he can smoke,
1.6 Give a man a book he can read;
1.7And his home is bright with a calm delight,
1.8 Though the room be poor indeed.
1.9Give a man a girl he can love,
1.10 As I, O my Love, love thee;
1.11And his heart is great with the pulse of Fate,
1.12 At home, on land, on sea.
2.2 And the feast of Love is song:
2.3And when Love sits down to the banquet,
2.4 Love sits long:
2.5Sits long and ariseth drunken,
2.6 But not with the feast and the wine;
2.7He reeleth with his own heart,
2.8 That great rich Vine.
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RPO poem Editors:
J. D. Robins
2RP.2.598; RPO 1996-2000.