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First Line: Now brim your glass and plant it well
Last Line: Of me and the wine in my veins!
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


Now brim your glass and plant it well
Beneath your nose on the table,
And you will find what philosophers tell
Of I and non-I is no fable.
Now listen to wisdom, my son!
Myself am the subject,
This wine is the object;
These things are two;
But I'll prove to you
That subject and object are one.

I take this glass in my hand, and stand
Upon my legs, if I can,
And look and smile, benign and bland,
And feel that I am a man.
Now stretch all the strength of your brains!
I drink—and the object
Is lost in the subject;
Making one entity
In the identity
Of me and the wine in my veins!





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