At the Tavern

Original Text: 
The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (New York: Dodd, Mead, and Co., 1913), Facsimile in The Collected Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, ed. Joanne M. Braxton (Charlottesville and London: University Press of Virginia, 1993), pp. 226-27. PS 1556 AI 1993 Robarts Library.
1    A lilt and a swing,
2    And a ditty to sing,
3  Or ever the night grow old;
4    The wine is within,
5    And I'm sure t'were a sin
6For a soldier to choose to be cold, my dear,
7For a soldier to choose to be cold.
8    We're right for a spell,
9    But the fever is -- well,
10  No thing to be braved, at least;
11    So bring me the wine;
12    No low fever in mine,
13For a drink more kind than a priest, my dear,
14For a drink is more kind than a
15           priest.
Publication Start Year: 
1903
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.
Rhyme: