FLASH out a stream of blood-red wine,
For I would drink to other days,
And brighter shall their memory shine,
WHEN legislators keep the law,
When banks dispense with bolts and looks,
When berries--whortle, rasp, and straw--
FOUR summers coined their golden light in leaves,
Four wasteful autumns flung them to the gale,
Sent to 'The Philological Circle' of Florence for its
meeting in commemoration of Dante, January 27, 1881,
SHADOWED so long by the storm-cloud of danger,
Thou whom the prayers of an empire defend,
Welcome, thrice welcome! but not as a stranger,
Come to the nation that calls thee its friend!
Ye who yourselves of larger worth esteem
Than common mortals, listen to my dream,
and learn the lesson of life's cozening cheat,
WHEN Eve had led her lord away,
And Cain had killed his brother,
The stars and flowers, the poets say,
Agreed with one another.
LISTEN, young heroes! your country is calling!
Time strikes the hour for the brave and the true!
WINTER'S cold drift lies glistening o'er his breast;
For him no spring shall bid the leaf unfold
A CRAZY bookcase, placed before
A low-price dealer's open door;