Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, IDYLL, by SAMUEL JOHNSON (1709-1784)



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First Line: Hermit hoar, in solemn cell
Last Line: "come, my lad, and drink some beer."
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson, Dr.
Variant Title(s): The Doctor's Own;imitation Of The Style Of [percy]
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Warton, Thomas (1728-1790); Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse; Ale; Wine


Hermit hoar, in solemn cell,
Wearing out life's evening gray,
Smite thy bosom, Sage, and tell,
What is bliss? And which the way?
Thus I spoke; and speaking sigh'd;
Scarce repress'd the starting tear;
When the hoary sage reply'd:
"Come, my lad, and drink some beer."








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