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CHAMPAGNE ROSE, by            
First Line: Lily on liquid roses floating
Last Line: That dips itself in wine!
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine

LILY on liquid roses floating --
So floats yon foam o'er pink champagne:
Fain would I join such pleasant boating,
And prove that ruby main,
And float away on wine!

Those seas are dangerous, graybeards swear,
Whose sea-beach is the goblet's brim;
And true it is they drown old care --
But what care we for him,
So we but float on wine!

And true it is they cross in pain,
Who sober cross the Stygian ferry;
But only make our Styx champagne,
And we shall cross right merry,
Floating away in wine!

Old Charon's self shall make him mellow,
Then gaily row his boat from shore;
While we, and every jovial fellow,
Hear, unconcern'd, the oar
That dips itself in wine!

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