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First Line: Tranced in the glamour of a
Last Line: Our mutual loves, o loving cup!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Cups; Drinks & Drinking; Memory; Wine

TRANCED in the glamour of a dream
Where banquet-lights and fancies gleam,
And ripest wit and wine abound,
And pledges hale go round and round, --
Lo, dazzled with enchanted rays --
As in the golden olden days
Sir Galahad -- my eyes swim up
To greet your splendor, Loving Cup!

What is the secret of your art,
Linking together hand and heart
Your myriad votaries who do
Themselves most honor honoring you?
What gracious service have you done
to win the name that you have won? --
Kissing it back from tuneful lips
That sing your praise between the sips!

Your spicy breath, O Loving Cup,
That, like an incense steaming up,
Full-freighted with a fragrance fine
As ever swooned on sense of mine,
Is rare enough. -- But then, ah me!
How rarer every memory
That, rising with it, wreathes and blends
In forms and faces of my friends!

O Loving Cup! in fancy still,
I clasp their hands, and feel the thrill
Of fellowship that still endures
While lips are theirs and wine is yours!
And while my memory journeys down
The years that lead to Boston Town,
Abide where first were rendered up
Our mutual loves, O Loving Cup!

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