Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE VINTAGE, by BELLE COOPER

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THE VINTAGE, by            
First Line: In tuscany, the vintage season reigns
Last Line: A fount of strength to brim earth's loving-cup.
Subject(s): Catholics; Roman Catholics; Catholicism

In Tuscany, the vintage season reigns.
From trailing vines festooning maple trees
The grapes are cut; and everywhere one sees
The great white oxen draw the loaded wains
Up to the vats where, splashed with crimson stains,
The peasants -- men and maids -- bare to the knees,
Treading the clusters, sing and sway at ease,
Till nought but blood-red must and pulp remains.

Rich-colored parable of the plan divine!
Throughout all Nature life and death are fused.
The grape must needs be crushed before new wine
Gives forth its life. So man's dark heart is bruised,
Before the true immortal wine wells up,
A fount of strength to brim earth's loving-cup.

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